The who’s who of India’s sports fraternity have been current on the awards ceremony, together with one of many nation’s most legendary sports individuals, hockey Olympian Balbir Singh Sr, who was a part of three of India’s gold-medal profitable groups on the Olympics, moreover being the supervisor of the squad that lifted the 1975 World Cup.
The occasion was additionally attended by a number of very particular friends – members of the 1980 Olympics gold medal profitable hockey crew, together with captain V Basakaran, MM Somaiya, Mervyn Fernandes, Zafar Iqbal, Surinder Singh Sodhi and MK Kaushik.
Sindhu’s historic feat of changing into the primary Indian to win the badminton World Championships remained unmatched and he or she was, subsequently, named the ‘Sportsperson of the Year’, moreover being the joint winner within the Jury’s Choice Award for ‘Badminton Player of the Year’ together with Sai Praneeth. Sindhu, who’s presently ranked sixth within the BWF Rankings, accomplished a hat-trick by profitable the ‘Unbreakable Spirit of Sport award’ as properly. She is about to enter the Tokyo Olympics in an endeavour to enhance on the ladies’s singles silver medal she received in Rio 4 years in the past.
The males’s award within the badminton class went to 2019 BWF World Championships bronze medallist Sai Praneeth, who created historical past by changing into solely the second man after Prakash Padukone to win a medal on the premier event.
The elite panel of jury members that picked the ‘Jury’s Choice Award’ in 19 classes included former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir; former India soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia; hockey’s Olympic gold medallist Zafar Iqbal; Asian Games silver medallist and former athlete Ashiwni Nachappa; the primary Indian paralympian to win two gold medals on the Paralympics, Devendra Jhajaria; and Chief Editor of Times Internet Limited, Rajesh Kalra.
The ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award went to Rohit, who set the 2919 ICC World Cup ablaze with a report 5 centuries, moreover crossing many extra landmarks within the 12 months. Women’s hockey captain Rani, whose objective helped the crew qualify for its second consecutive Olympic look, was named the ‘Hockey Player of the Year’. She was additionally chosen because the ‘Inspiration of the Year’ for her exploits in 2019, which additionally noticed Rani profitable the ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ award — the primary Indian and the primary hockey participant to attain the feat.
In the lads’s class for ‘Hockey Player of the Year’, Harmanpreet Singh was named the winner, as he become a frontrunner of India’s defence, which performed a significant position in India attaining its greatest ever world rank of No. 4.
The ‘Team of the Year’ award was received by the lads’s hockey crew which achieved its greatest ever FIH rank of 4, moreover qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile capturing star turned National junior coach Jaspal Rana was chosen because the ‘Coach of the Year’ for producing abilities like Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary.
Incidentally, Chaudhary and Bhaker have been joint winners within the ‘Shooter of the Year’ class. In a pathbreaking 12 months for Indian capturing, the duo bagged the 10m Air Pistol combined crew gold in every of the 4 ISSF World Cups in 2019, moreover bagging the Tokyo Olympics quotas within the males’s and girls’s 10m Air Pistol.
The different male-female profitable combos included Anish Bhanwala (capturing) and Lalremsiami (hockey) because the ‘Emerging Players of the Year’. While Bhanwala received a gold and a bronze in 25m Standard Pistol on the two 2019 World Cups, hockey striker Lalremsiami was named the ‘FIH Rising Star of the Year for 2019’ — a primary for an Indian girl. In athletics, Tajinder Pal Singh Toor and Dutee Chand bagged the ‘Athlete of the Year’ awards. Shot-putter Toor received gold medals on the Asian Athletics Championships, whereas Dutee’s history-making second got here on the World Universiade, the place she turned the primary Indian girl sprinter to win gold.
Amit Panghal and Lovlina Borgohain have been the joint winners within the boxing class, whereas Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa have been chosen as the most effective squash gamers.
Panghal’s memorable 2019 included a golden hat-trick on the Strandja Memorial, Asian Boxing Championships and India Open; and his greatest second got here when he received his maiden medal, a silver, on the World Championships.
Borgohain too had a superb 12 months within the boxing ring, the place she claimed a bronze on the Strandja Memorial, gold on the Salam Umakhanov Memorial and a bronze on the World Championships.
Squash star Ghosal received the Asian Individual Squash Championships, which helped him enter the highest 10 of PSA Rankings. Both these achievements have been a primary for an Indian male squash participant. Chinappa, then again, defended her Asian Individual Squash Championships crown after which received a report report 17th title on the National Squash Championships.
Top Indian wrestler Punia began 2019 by profitable the gold medal on the Asian Wrestling Championships. Later within the 12 months, his consistency on the worldwide stage earned him the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. At the World Championships, he needed to settle for a bronze medal, nevertheless it helped him bag an Olympic quota for India within the 65kg freestyle class. Vinesh had a profitable run in 2019, which culminated together with her maiden medal (bronze) on the World Championships and a quota place on the Tokyo Olympics.
Archers Deepika Kumari and Abhishek Verma have been additionally among the many winners. Deepika received gold on the 2019 Asian Championships and with it an Olympic quota in girls’s recurve.
Mirabai Chanu made a terrific return from damage in 2019, with gold medals on the EGAT Cup and the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship. Sathish Sivalingam was the male winner within the weightlifting class.
At the World Championships in September 2019, Chanu improved on her personal nationwide report and got here agonisingly near a podium end earlier than settling for a fourth-place end within the 49kg class. In the method, she turned the primary girl weightlifter from the nation to breach the magical mark of 200kg.
Among the opposite ‘Jury’s Choice’ award winners have been billiards and snooker participant Sourav Kothari, chess star R Pragnanandha and soccer icon Sunil Chhetri.
In para-sports, shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi have been the jury’s choose as winners for their feats on the 2019 World Championships, the place they each received gold medals within the singles classes changing into world champions.
Bhagat turned a power to reckon with in 2019, profitable twin gold medals on the Para-Badminton World Championships within the males’s singles (SL3 class) and males’s doubles (SL3-Four class). An IIT graduate, Bhagat contracted polio as a 7-year-old however by no means let that impede his ambitions.
Joshi secured her maiden gold on the Para World Championship. An engineer by qualification, Manasi misplaced her left leg in an accident in 2011. She enrolled on the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad in 2018 and since then has not appeared again.
Some of the particular awards given on the event included the celebrated ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Bhaichung Bhutia, ‘Mentor of the Year’ to India’s nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and ‘Youth Icon of the Year’ to Vijender Singh, the Olympic-medal profitable boxer who turned professional a number of years in the past.
Also, the state of Odisha was conferred with the award for ‘Change Agent of the Year’ for its contribution in direction of sports, and the Reliance Foundation was named the ‘Corporate Supporter of the Year’.
Here is the total listing of award winners for TOISA 2019:
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: PV Sindhu
TEAM OF THE YEAR: Men’s hockey crew
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jaspal Rana
EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Men): Anish Bhanwala
EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Women): Lalremsiami
ARCHER OF THE YEAR (Male): Abhishek Verma
ARCHER OF THE YEAR (Female): Deepika Kumari
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Male): Tajinderpal Singh Toor
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Female): Dutee Chand
BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Male): Sai Praneeth
BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Female): PV Sindhu
BILLIARDS/SNOOKER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sourav Kothari
BOXER OF THE YEAR (Male): Amit Panghal
BOXER OF THE YEAR (Female): Lovlina Borgohain
CHESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: R Pragnanandha
CRICKETER OF THE YEAR: Rohit Sharma
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR: Sunil Chhetri
HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Male): Harmanpreet Singh
HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Female): Rani
SHOOTER OF THE YEAR (Male): Saurabh Chaudhary
SHOOTER OF THE YEAR (Female): Manu Bhaker
SQUASH PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Male): Saurav Ghosal
SQUASH PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Female): Joshna Chinappa
TABLE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Manika Batra
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR (Male): Bajrang Punia
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR (Female): Vinesh Phogat
WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR (Male): Sathish Sivalingam
WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR (Female): Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Male): Pramod Bhagat
PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Female): Manasi Joshi
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Bhaichung Bhutia
MENTOR OF THE YEAR: Pullela Gopichand
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR: Rani
UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD: PV Sindhu
CHANGE AGENT OF THE YEAR: Odisha
YOUTH ICON OF THE YEAR: Vijender Singh
CORPORATE SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR: Reliance Foundation