Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay was on 1 August 2017 honoured with the 'Bharat Gaurav' by East Bengal Football Club on its foundation day. Bharat Gaurav is the highest award of the club.
On the other hand, the club presented lifetime achievement awards to Subhash Bhowmick, a member of the 1970 Asian Games bronze medal-winning national football team and Syed Naeemuddin, former national team coach.
Meanwhile, Gurwinder Singh bagged the Footballer of the Year award while Boddupalli Amit was adjudged as the Cricketer of the Year.
About Dhanraj Pillay
• Pillay played a huge role in reviving the Indian Hockey team and performed brilliantly during his 15-year career.
• He played a total of 339 matches for India, scoring 170 goals.
• He represented India in four internationally in Olympics, World Cups, Champions Trophy and Asian Games.
• He made his international hockey debut in 1989 in Allwyn Asia Cup.
• He led India to win Asian Games in 1998 and also won the Asia Cup in 2003.
• Pillay was awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1999-2000 for his remarkable performance and was later awarded with the Padma Shri in 2000.
Who: Dhanraj Pillay
When: 1 August 2017
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