New Delhi: Hockey India League on Saturday signed legendary Dutchman and three-time FIH World Player of the Year Teun de Nooijer as its third Brand Ambassador for the Hockey India League due to start in January 2013.
"It is an overwhelming privilege to join Jamie (Dwyer) and Sardar as Brand Ambassadors for the Hockey India League. With some of the biggest Indian corporates involved, I have no doubt in my mind that HIL will be a roaring success," De Nooijer stated on his arrival for tomorrow`s auctions where he is one of the marquee players.
HI secretary general and HIL Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said,"It is an immense honour for having Teun de Nooijer as our Brand Ambassador, who has contributed more than 18 years to international hockey. We already have two World Class players Jamie Dwyer and Sardar Singh on board as our Brand Ambassadors, so it`s good to have highest-capped player as our third Brand Ambassador."
De Nooijer, 36, is the highest capped player in the world who represented The Netherlands in 453 international matches.
Dutch Midfielder, who made his debut in 1994 against New Zealand, has always been a key member of the Dutch team that participated in 4 Olympic Games including Atlanta 1996 (Gold), Sydney 2000 (Gold), Athens 2004 (Silver) and London 2012 (Silver) with three World Cups including Utrecht 1998 (Gold), Kuala Lumpur 2006 (Bronze) and New Delhi (Bronze).
Having earned FIH `World Player Of The Year` award in 2003, 2005 and 2006, De Nooijer participated in as many as nine Champions Trophy tournaments since 2000.