‘Awards, huh, what are they good for? Absolutely nothing…” Edwin Starr might have sung in his 1970 classic. Belgium and the Netherlands might well be thinking the same when they meet in upcoming Pro League matches after the FIH Hockey Stars Awards produced a farcical, virtual clean sweep for India players and coaches.
‘Failure of the voting system’ decreed Hockey Belgium on Wednesday as India nominees won all eight categories on offer, thanks to success stories at Tokyo 2020 – and the 300,000 fan votes which made up the weighting system in the annual awards. The only thing missing here were two team of the year awards to make it a perfect 10.
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