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SANDESH JHINGAN AND SUKHWINDER SINGH ANNOUNCED WINNER OF ARJUN AWARD AND DHYAN CHAND AWARDS RESPECTIVELY


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Indian Men's Senior National Team defender Sandesh Jhingan was named among the winners of the prestigious Arjuna Award on Friday (August 21, 2020), becoming the 27th footballer to win the honour. 

Former Indian National Team Head Coach and defender Sukhwinder Singh was also named as a winner of the Dhyan Chand Award, making him the third person to receive the award for football. 

The Sports Awards are given every year by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to recognize and reward excellence in sports. 

The Arjuna Award is given for consistent outstanding performance for four years and the Dhyan Chand Award is for lifetime contribution to sports development. 

Sandesh made his Blue Tigers debut in 2015 in Guwahati and since then, he has played 36 times for the Blue Tigers scoring four goals. He has also captained India on four occasions so far. A central defender, he has played a key role in many memorable results such as winning the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2018 and the draw away to Asian champions Qatar last year. 

Meanwhile, as the national team coach, Sukhwinder Singh has won the SAFF Cup twice (1999 & 2009) and it was under his leadership that India defeated UAE in 2001 in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Bangalore. 

At club level, he has been a National Football League (NFL), Federation Cup, IFA Shield and Durand Cup champion as a coach. As a player, he made his senior national team debut in 1975 and played 22 matches for India. He also played for JCT Club and represented Punjab at the Santosh Trophy.

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