He deserves it! Footballer Gurpreet Singh wins prestigious Arjuna Award

News Bharati    20-Aug-2019
New Delhi, August 20: Indian Men's Senior National Team Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been named the winner of the Arjuna Award yesterday. He has thus become the 26th Indian Footballer in the prestigious list.
Gurpreet who spent his formative years in the AIFF Centre of Excellence in Goa holds the distinction of being the only Indian to have played in the UEFA Europa League (qualifier), which he achieved while playing for Norwegian club Stabaek Fotball in June 2016, and is also one of the youngest-ever to captain India, the honour coming in India’s International Friendly against Puerto Rico in September 2016.
"I am thrilled and honoured to be named for the Arjuna Award. I want this recognition to serve as an inspiration to everyone playing the sport in the country. My joy will then be complete," -Gurpreet 
“Gurpreet’s composure has been such a remarkable hallmark in Indian Football in recent years. You fully deserve this Award. We are extremely proud of you. Keep the flag flying high. Congratulations,” Said Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation while congratulating Gurpreet on being conferred the Award.
Gurpreet is the fourth goalkeeper since its inception to have been named for the Award, the previous ones being Subrata Paul (2016), Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (1997), and the late Peter Thangaraj (1967). Over the years, Gurpreet has emerged as one of the Blue Tigers' top performers. He has also represented India at U-19 and U-23 level.
 
“Gurpreet epitomises the new breed of an Indian Footballer. He started under the AIFF youth development set-up, moved to Europe where he improved himself as a player, and is now a role-model for so many youngsters. He is a deserving recipient,” the General Secretary said. This is also an Award of recognition for Indian Football,” Said Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation.