Rishabh, Bajrang, Manu, Rani receive DSJA awards
Wrestler Bajrang Punia, hockey player Rani Rampal, cricketer Rishabh Pant and shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker after being presented with the Delhi Sports Journalists Association Best Sportspersons awards by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra at a function in New Delhi on Thursday
The awards were presented by Indian Olympic Association and world hockey body (FIH) president Narinder Batra. While Bajrang and Rishabh won the award among men, Rani and Manu were conferred the recognition in the female category.
"It is very inspiring when sports journalists give such awards," said Bajrang, adding that the award would inspire him to work harder in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Cricketer Pant echoed similar sentiment.
"I can never forget how many Delhi sports journalists encouraged me from my early days," said Pant about the support he received from the media during his junior cricketing days.
Manu's award was received by her father as the ace shooter is currently representing the country at the Asian Air Gun Championship in Chinese Taipei. Besides, Jaspal Rana (shooting) and Tarak Sinha (cricket) were conferred with the best coaches award.
Rishabh, a product of Tarak Sinha's Sonnet Club, collected the award on behalf of his coach.
The function was attended by a galaxy of sportspersons, with International Olympic Committee member Randhir Singh, hockey Olympians Harbinder Singh, Jagbir Singh and Zafar Iqbal, trap shooter Moraad Ali Khan and JK Tyre Motor Sports Head Sanjay Sharma presenting the awards to the winners.
Award winners: Best Sportsman: Bajrang Punia (wrestling) and Rishabh Pant (cricket). Best Sportswoman: Rani Rampal (hockey) and Manu Bhaker (shooting). Lifetime achievement: Karnam Malleswari (weightlifting) and Raj Singh (wrestling). Best Coach: Jaspal Rana (shooting) and Tarak Sinha (cricket). Special Awards: Abhishek Verma (archery), Divij Sharan (tennis), Diksha Dagar (golf), Gaurav Gill (motorsports), Meenakshi Pahuja (channel swimming) and Seema Yadav (amateur marathon runner).