Shooter Jitu Rai, who won seven international medals last year, was felicitated as the Indian Sports person of the Year at an awards ceremony this Thursday. Legendary sprinter, Milkha Singh, popularly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’ was honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Unprecedented Success for Jitu Rai
These awards for shooter Jitu Rai and legendary sprinter, Milkha Singh, were part of the Times of India Sporting Awards initiative that received a fitting conclusion on Thursday, with several Indian sports persons across multiple sports being awarded and felicitated.
The guest of honour was 10-time Olympic medallist, Carl Lewis. Carl Lewis was also the guest editor of Times of India’s Thursday edition.
Indian Sports Winners !
Cue player Pankaj Advani, also won the Indian Sports Person of the Year award, albeit in the Popular Choice category. In the Emerging Players’ category the following Indian sporting talent won the jury award –
- Malaika Goel (Shooting)
- Khushbir Kaur (Race walking)
- Amit Kumar Dahiya and Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling)
- Sanjita Chanu (Weightlifting)
- A. Chikkarangappa (Golf)
Cricketer Virat Kohli bagged the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award in the Popular Choice category, while women cricket player, Harmanpreet Kaur, won the jury award in the same category.
Other Indian sports winners included footballer Sunil Chhetri, badminton player PV Sindhu, paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal,wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and Vikas Gowda in athletics. Squash player Dipika Pallikal, golfer Anirban Lahiri, hockey players PR Sreejesh and Rani Rampal, chess Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand and boxers MC Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi also received awards. World no. 1 in doubles, Sania Mirza and weightlifter Satish Sivalingam also received awards at the TOISA ceremony.
The jury panellists included Indian tennis legend, Ramesh Krishnan, bronze medallist at the 2003 Paris World Championships, Anju Bobby George and former Indian cricketer, Sourav Ganguly.
TOISA was instituted by Times of India in order to acknowledge the contribution of Indian sports persons. It is indeed a creditable effort to honor and felicitate winners from Indian sports.