Indian skipper Virat Kohli has collaborated with businessman Sanjeev Goenka to come up with some unique set of awards. They have started with something called Indian Sports Award where all the sports stars of India who have contributed and made the country proud will be felicitated.
As per the recent reports in News18, the basic idea behind the creation of these awards is to ensure that the sportspersons get rewarded for their achievements every year. A jury will be set up for selecting the award winners and national badminton coach Pulela Gopichand will be heading this jury. Virat Kohli won’t be in the race to receive one.
The first edition of the award will take place by 11th November at Mumbai. Speaking at the promotional event, Virat Kohli said that India has made a good mark in World of Sports. Not only cricket but there are other sports and the sportsman that too need recognition.
“India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The day of being a one-sport country are 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,” quoted Virat Kohli at the event launch.
“What makes this Sporting Awards 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.
Team India will now have a bit of break after a whitewash of 9-0 against Sri Lanka before they take over Australia by the end of September.