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02 Apr, 2018
Badminton stood as the showstopper in the inaugural ESPN Multi-Sport Awards, as PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Pullela Gopichand had won awards for best sportspersons - male and female - and best coach.
Kidambi Srikanth professed the title of 'Sportsperson of the Year - Male' for his impressive run in 2017, when he bagged four super series titles. He became the only Indian and the fourth player to have achieved it in one calendar year.
For her fantastic run in 2017, World No. 3 PV Sindhu received the ‘Sportsperson of the Year - Female’ title, while national chief coach Pullela Gopichand received ‘Coach of the Year’ award.
The awards which recognise achievements across 11 categories, were selected by an independent 14-member jury comprising eminent sports personalities including Abhinav Bindra, Somdev Devvarman, Bhaichung Bhutia, Jagbir Singh, Rohit Brijnath, Venkatesan Devarajan, Nisha Millet, Aparna Popat, Jagdish Kaliraman, Manisha Malhotra, Anju Bobby George.
Complete List Of The Winners:
Sportsperson of the year (Male) : Kidambi Srikanth
Sportsperson of the year (Female) : PV Sindhu
Team of the year : Women's hockey team
Comeback of the year : Mary Kom
Emerging player of the year (21 and below) : Aditi Ashok
Coach of the year : Pullela Gopichand
Differently-abled athlete of the year : Sundar Singh Gurjar
Target Tokyo (Athletes we think could do well in the 2020 Games): Neeraj Chopra
Moment of the year : Jeakson's historic goal at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Match of the year: : Sindhu vs Okuhara at the World ChampionshipsLifetime Achievement Award : Ramanathan Krishnan