The Indian men’s hockey team captain PR Sreejesh on Wednesday became a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee. He is also the only currently active member on the committee.
The Committee comprises a total of eight current and former hockey players who have the responsibility to act as a association between the FIH and the athletes to make sure the players have voice in the FIH decision making process.
Sreejesh, who led the Indian team to a historic silver medal feat at the FIH Champions Trophy in London last year, “It’s a great honour to be part of the FIH Athletes’ Committee which comprises of legendary players like Moritz Fuerste and other international greats. I am looking forward to this new responsibility,” he said.
“We get to work together to develop the game and put forth players concerns and suggestions. It’s a great initiative by the FIH to directly involve the players and I look forward to giving my suggestions with the inputs of our coaching staff, my team who I am sure will support me in this new endeavor. I see this as a great responsibility in terms of helping FIH develop the game globally,” said Sreejesh .The FIH Athletes’ Committee will also need to link with the Athletes’ Committee of the IOC and other sporting organisations to enable the sharing of information and research.
The team of eight will also get to develop, collate, provide and promote resources for athletes on topics of direct concern including athlete health and welfare, career preparation and management, anti-doping, betting and match-fixing.
On 13 Jul 2016, Sreejesh was handed over the responsibilities of the captain of Indian hockeyteam. In the Rio Summer Olympics 2016, Sreejesh led the Indian hockey team to the Quarterfinals of the tournament