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14 Nov, 2017
Kohli and Anushka Sharma grabbed all the limelight at the Indian Sports Honours
awards, while some names from Indian sports fraternity like Sania Mirza, PV
Sindhu, Mithali Raj, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan,
Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin sizzled in their glamorous outfits. The
event was also attended by film stars Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Siddharth
Malhotra, Malaika Arora Khan and a few more.
initiative was taken by the Business Tycoon Sanjeev Goenka joining hands with
Virat Kohli Foundation and launched Indian Sports Honours intended to honour
Indian sportspersons for their outstanding achievements.
jury was chaired by badminton National Chief coach Pullela Gopichand, multiple
Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter PT Usha, former world no.
1 shooter Anjali Bhagwat and former India hockey captain Arjun Halappa.
has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The day of being a one-sport country
is behind us. The time is right to introduce an institution that will recognize
our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those, who are expected to
do the country proud in years to come,” Kohli said during the launch of the
makes this Sporting Honours unique is the direct involvement of the premier
stakeholders of Indian sports — the sports-persons themselves, legends who have
excelled at the highest level, the fans and the sports media. Apart from the
recipients who will be shortlisted, there will be a ‘popular choice’ award as
well, which will be voted directly by the fans,” said Goenka.
“It’s been a great year. To have
the rankings (that) we have it is great. Srikanth has been fantastic. Only his
performance could overshadow somebody like Prannoy’s, who also has been
fantastic,” said national coach, P Gopichand.
Prannoy said the success of players
is rubbing off on each other. “With all these guys performing well that has
been a great motivation for the entire batch. Saina, Sindhu are doing well, so
it’s a great team effort,” he said.
Virat might not be in the
contention for any award at the event, but he grabbed all the limelight when he
walked hand-in-hand with Anushka.