New Delhi: Sunil Chhetri has been declared the AIFF Player of the Year after a prolific run that saw the diminutive India striker score 13 goals in 17 international appearances.

Besides his good run in the international circuit, Chhetri also excelled for his club Chirag United scoring seven times in ten matches in the last I-league season (2010-11).

Chhetri was chosen the winner by I-League coaches who voted on a list of five players short listed for the award.

The criteria for selection were based on performance on the field primarily for India's international matches and general conduct, both on and off the field.

He has also scored 11 goals in 20 Club appearances in 2011.

Chhetri was the recipient of the Arjuna Award this year and also won the Player-of-the-Tournament award in the recently concluded SAFF Championship.

Chhetri will receive a cash award of rupees two lakh plus a silver plaque.

"The Year started off well for me and ends in the best possible fashion. I'm elated -- at a loss of words. The award explains that I'm improving with every given day," Chhetri said.

General Secretary of the All India Football Federation, Kushal Das lauded Chhetri on his achievement.

"I congratulate Sunil for being the AIFF Player of the Year. He has had an outstanding year winning many accolades and I'm sure he will continue his good form in the New Year both for the country and his club," Das said.

Bowling to pressure, Dow has now agreed to remove its name from the fabric wrap around the London Olympic stadium but Malhotra said so far IOA has not received any communication from London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in this regard.

"We are trying to ascertain the facts," Malhotra said. IOA has also informed sports minister Ajay Maken about the letter sent to the IOC and LOCOG and sought government's views on the subject.

"We will like to hear from you about the government's stand on this issue. It will be in the interest of the Indian sports if government and IOA are on the same page and speak in one voice on this sensitive matter," Malhotra said.

(Agencies)