ESPN India Announces Best and Emerging Players Awards of 2019
Duti Chand became the first winner of 'The Courage Award', also won the battle over gender related rules
Dainik BhaskarFeb 21, 2020, 08:04 AM IST Sports Desk. Badminton world champion PV Sindhu scored a hat-trick at the ESPN Sports Awards. Sindhu became the Female Sportsperson of the Year for the third consecutive year. At the same time, his victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the final of the World Championship was chosen as the Moment of the Year. He left Rani Rampal and MC Mary Kom.
Two awards to saurabh chaudhary
Last year, young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary, who was the best emerging athlete, received two awards. He received the Mail Sportsperson of the Year Award as well as the Team of the Year Award with Manu Bhaker. Saurabh defeated Bajrang Punia and Amit Panghal. The winners were chosen by a 16-member panel based on their 2019 performance. Saurabh won 5 gold medals in the World Cup last year. He also won a silver.
Sprinter Duti Chand won the first award for 'The Courage Award'
Sprinter Duti Chand became the first winner to receive 'The Courage Award'. He showed great courage on-field and off-field. Dutti won the fight with the World Athletics Body over gender-related rules and returned to the track. He also admitted to being in a gay relationship.
World champion Hampi overtook Rupinderpal and Ritu Phogat, with chess player Koneru Hampi returning to win the World Rapid Title in December. He received the Comeback of the Year Award. In the race for the award, Hampi overtook hockey player Rupinderpal Singh and MMA fighter Ritu Phogat. At the same time, Silver Medalist wrestler Deepak Poonia Emerging Sportsperson was selected for the World Junior Championship. Deepak defeated shooter Elavenil Valarivan and golfer Deeksha Dagar.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Balbir Singh Sr. (Hockey)
Sportsperson of the Year (Female): PV Sindhu (Badminton)
Sportsperson of the Year (Male): Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting)
Comeback of the Year: Hampi (Chess)
Emerging Sportsperson of the Year: Deepak Poonia (Wrestling)
Coach of the Year: Pullela Gopichand
Team of the Year: Manu Bhakar and Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting)
Divyang Athlete of the Year: Mansi Joshi (Badminton)
The Courage Award: Dooti Chand