MUMBAI: The RP-Sanjiv Goenka (RPS) Group and the Virat Kohli Foundation have joined hands for the second edition of the Indian Sports Honours (ISH).
The second edition of the ISH will be held here on Saturday, 16 February and will be organised by Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment,the agency that manages Kohli's commmercial interests.
It is expected that the event will be broadcast on Star Sports and Hotstar, much like it was last year.
The members of jury came together in Kolkata to select the winners which were nominated in every category. The nominations were shortlisted by Sports Journalist Federation of India (SJFI) and voted on by over 200 journalists to select the final nominees.
The entire selection and jury process is overseen and validated by Ernst & Young (EY) as process advisors to the ISH. Gracing the event were the RPS Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka, and badminton legend Pullela Gopichand who is the chairman of the jury as well. The new jury members were 2008 Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and former Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh alongside existing members such as multi-Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary athlete P.T. Usha and former world number one shooter Anjali Bhagwat.
Goenka stated: “We welcome the Indian sports legends into the jury, and express our heartfelt gratitude for accepting to join the panel in celebrating the legends of Indian sports. They have left extraordinary examples with their skills and left an indelible mark for future generations to emulate. The Indian Sports Honours has been enhanced and enriched by the direct involvement of premier stakeholders of the Indian sports fraternity. It is a platform where sports fans will get to voice their opinion by voting online for the six popular choice awards. This initiative is a directive to inspire and motivate the youth to work harder, but most of all to follow their passion for sports through to a career where they seek and achieve excellence. I wish all the nominees the very best in their quest for glory and their mission to keep the Indian national flag flying high.”
Cornerstone Sport CEO Bunty Sajdeh said: “The Indian Sports Honours has been conceptualised to recognise, celebrate and promote Indian athletes who sweat blood every day to make India proud on a global scale. Our elite jury panel is testament to the credibility and transparency we thrive on each year.”
Gopichand added: “Appreciation of one’s efforts is an enormous motivation for any sportsman, accolades like this add a tremendous boost of vigour to keep striving for excellence regardless of form and age.”