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PIX: Anushka, Priyanka celebrate with India's sports heroes

By Rediff Sports Desk
Last updated on: September 28, 2019 15:40 IST
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The second edition of the Virat Kohli-backed Indian Sports Honours were held on Friday in Mumbai where the top performers in 17 sporting disciplines were felicitated.


Current and former India cricketers including Ajinkya Rahane, Smriti Mandhana, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, along with chief badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand graced the red carpet pf the awards function along with a host of Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and others.

The awards ceremony which was originally scheduled to be held in February was postponed as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel, who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

"There are various athletes who were felicitated with awards and scholarship tonight. Indian Sports Honours is a very important platform for them where they will be receiving this honor and scholarship," said India cricket captain Kohli.

"Getting felicitated at such a platform motivates athletes. The upcoming young generations, who are willing to rise above in the sport, will get an inspiration from initiatives such as Indian Sports Honours. The work that Virat Kohli Foundation is doing is amazing," said Milkha Singh.

The winners of 11 categories (Jury Honours) were decided by ISH Jury members, which comprised of eminent leaders and sporting champions including the likes of Sanjiv Goenka, Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Sardar Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, PT Usha and Anjali Bhagwat.

Apart from the Jury Honours, there are six ‘Popular Choice Honours’ and winners were decided through an online voting process on Twitter.

The nominations in all the categories were shortlisted by 200 journalists from Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI).

A look at some of the Indian sports and Bollywood stars, who graced the evening:

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma arrive for the Indian Sports Honours awards in Mumbai. Photograph: Virat Kohli/Twitter

Priyanka Chopra

IMAGE: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra poses on the red carpet. 

 Yuvraj Singh

IMAGE: Yuvraj Singh with wife Hazel Keech. Photograph: PTI

Zaheer Khan

IMAGE: Zaheer Khan with wife Sagarika Ghatge. Photograph: PTI

Sania Mirza

IMAGE: Sania Mirza looked ravishing. Photograph: PTI

Dipa Karmakar

IMAGE: Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar looked fit. Photograph: PTI

Smriti Mandana

IMAGE: Smriti Mandhana the stylish left hander and opener of the Indian women's cricket team. Photograph: PTI

Ajinkya Rahane

IMAGE: India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph: PTI

Pullela Gopichand

IMAGE: Pullela Gopichand makes a stylish entry.

Milkha Singh

IMAGE: The legendary Milkha Singh.
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