This year’s Sportstar ACES Awards is being held at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai.
* Our final award of the evening is probably our biggest one yet. The Sportstar of the Year Award goes to P. V. Sindhu, a truly deserving winner after the incredible year she had in 2019. This is why she has been picked to be the rightful recipient of this award.
* The Lifetime Achievement Award this year goes to Kapil Dev, the man who needs no introduction to fans in the country and beyond. Here’s why he has been picked as the rightful winner of this award.
* This year, the Chairman’s Choice Award goes to Aussie batting star Steve Smith. A lot of people, across sports, have done extremely well last year but here’s why the star from Down Under is a deserving winner.
* The Coach of the Year is another award that’s been shared tonight, with P. Gopi Chand and R.B. Ramesh the winners. Both of them collect their awards from Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia. Here’s more on what the coaches have achieved, through their students, last year.
* The Sportsman of the Year (Cricket) award goes to the Indian vice-captain and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma! He’s had a wonderful 2019 season, which included the semifinals of the ODI World Cup in England. Click here to read more about one of the sport’s finest bastmen around right now.
* Smriti Mandhana takes the Sportswoman of the Year (Cricket) award, beating Jemimah Rodrigues and Jhulan Goswami to the trophy. Click here to read all about the fantastic year she had and why she won the award.
* Hockey has had a productive year across genders and the winner of the Sportswoman of the Year (Team Sports) is Deep Grace Ekka, probably India’s best defender right now. Click here to read more about her and her achievements.
* Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh has won the Sportsman of the Year (Team Sports). Why was he given the award? What has he achieved? All answers right here.
* The Young Athlete of the Year (Female) award is baggeed by Indian shooting sensation Mehuli Ghosh! Click here to read about her achievements of 2019 and why she won it.
* The Young Athlete of the Year (Male) award is shared by R. Praggnanandhaa and Esow Alben. Click here to read about the the two budding stars of Indian chess and cycling respectively.
* The Indian Test cricket team takes the Sportstar Team of the Year Award, following its highly succesful 2019 campaign. The Indian women’s hockey team and Bengaluru FC were the other teams in contention of the award. Click here to read about the Indian Test side’s exploits and why it bagged the award.
* The next award is a special one, given to a living sports legend and an inspiration for every athlete in the country. The Special Recognition Award goes to the forever young Leander Paes! Click here to read more about the man, the legend.
* States’ contribution to the growth of sports in the country is invaluable and the next award is the Best State for the Promotion of Sports. For the second time in a row, Odisha takes the award. Click here to read about the state’s contribution to sport and the award.
* The next category is Sportsman of the Year (Individual Sport) and Bajrang Punia wrestked this award from Amit Panghal and Pankaj Advani. Click here to read more about the first Indian male boxer to win a silver medal at the World Boxing Championships and the award.
* The Sportswoman of the Year (Individual Sport) award is shared by Koneru Humpy and Apurvi Chandela. Jyothi Surekha and Vinesh Phogat were the others in the running for this award. Click here to read mroe about the two superstars and the award.
* We have a Special Jury Award next and Pankaj Advani is the deserving winner of it. Click here to read more about the superstar of billiards and the award.
* The Best PSU/Corporate House for the Promotion of Sports award is bagged by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited. Click here to read more about the winner and the award.
* Sportsman of the Year (Racquet Sport) and beating G. Sathiyan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Saurav Ghosal to the award is B. Sai Praneeth. Click here to read more about India’s top ranked men’s singles badminton player and the award.
* From Track and Field, we mvoe to courtside. Sportwoman of the Year (Racquet Sports). P. V. Sindhu takes this award, with Archana Kamath Joshna Chinappa running her close for the award. Click here to read more about the only Indian shuttler to be crowned world champion and the award.
* Avinash Sable takes home the Sportsman of the Year (Track and Field), beating Tajinder Pal Singh Toor and Jinson Johnson to it. Click here to read more about the 25-year-old who has been on a national record-breaking spree recently and the award.
* Sportswoman of the Year (Track and Field) is the next award up for grabs. Annu Rani has pipped P. U. Chitra and Dutee Chand to the award. Click here to read more about the country’s first woman javelin thrower to qualify for the final at the World Championships and the award.
* Next up is the Sportsman of the Year (Parasports) and Pramod Bhagat takes it. The others in contention were Sandeep Chaudhary Sundar Singh Gurjar. Click here to read more India’s No. 1 men’s para badminton player and the award.
* The next award up for grabs is the Sportswoman of the Year (Parasports) and Ekta Bhyan has taken it, pipping Manasi Joshi and Avani Lekhara. Click here to read more about the 34-year-old from Hissar (Haryana) and the award.
Ekta Bhyan, speaking after collecting the award, said, “Thank you Sportstar. I have so many memories associated with them. Big thanks to the The Hindu as well. I was preparing for civil services and The Hindu played a huge role in that too. I’m thankful to my parents. This award means a lot for me and for para sports on the whole. I represent a lot of people. All three nominees are actually the winners. I want to dedicate this to them as well. Thank you my sponsors GoSports Foundation.”
* The first award given on the day is the Best University for the Promotion of Sports and the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research from Chennai has bagged it. Click here to read more about the university and the award.
After collecting the award, Dr. Arumugam, Senior director and head of department Centre for Sports Science, said: “Thank You very much Sportstar and the Hindu group for this award. We have very good athletes in the country but the lack of scientific assessment is hampering their growth. That’s why we at Sri Ramachandra Institute have set up a Centre for Sports Science to help our country’s sportstars.” (Best University)
* N. Ram and N. Murali, Directors of The Hindu Publishing Group, felicitate our jury members: fomer India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympians Anjali Bhagwat, Aparna Popat and chess maestro Viswanathan Anand.
* Our Editor, Ayon Sengupta, welcomes the gathering while giving everyone the stroy of Sportstar — from the first time it was published in 1978 and sold for ₹1. Today, Sportstar is available not just in print but also online, with a website and across social media platforms.
He then gives a low-down of all the awards and how selection for each was made. Tonight, we’ll see awards being given across 23 categories as well as a very special Chairman’s Choice Award — whose winner will come as a surpise to most.
WE ARE LIVE! We have a sporty evening ahead of us and the hall in Mumbai is filled with the starts of Indian sporting world.
We’re all set for the 2020 edition of the Sportstar ACES Awards.
About the awards
The second edition of the Sportstar Aces Awards is being held at the Trident Hotel on Monday, recognising and rewarding not just the athletes, but also the silent forces that work tirelessly — often behind the scenes — to produce champions.
The awards are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport. They will also look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as all stakeholders of Indian sports are brought under one roof.
The Aces are being awarded in 23 categories. Voting was held to gauge the sentiment of the readers for 10 categories — Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for Cricket, Racquet Sports, Track and Field, Other Team Sports and Other Individual Sports.