World champion shuttler PV Sindhu was on Thursday named Sportsperson of the Year at the fourth Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) 2019. Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who won the world championship gold at Basel, Switzerland, last year also bagged the Unbreakable Spirit of Sports award. Also Read - I Never Thought I Would Get a Double Hundred in 2013: Rohit Sharma
Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia was given the Lifetime Achievement award, while hockey legend and three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr was honoured with the Icon of the Century award. Also Read - Was Denied Selection Once Because my Father Refused to Pay Bribe, Reveals Virat Kohli
National badminton coach Pulella Gopichand won the Mentor of the Year award, while former shooter Jaspal Rana was recognised as the Coach of the Year. Also Read - No clean bowled as satisfying as Prasad dismissing Sohail: Virat Kohli to Sunil Chhetri
The Olympic-bound Indian men’s hockey was adjudged Team of the Year while the women’s hockey side skipper Rani won the Inspiration of the Year award.
Young shooter Anish Bhanwala and women’s hockey team forward Lalremsiami were selected for the Emerging Players of the Year awards.
Olympic medallist boxer Vijender Singh was adjudged as the Youth Icon of the Year.
India’s limited-overs team vice-captain Rohit Sharma was named Cricketer of the Year. India skipper Sunil Chhetri won the recognition in football.
Deepika Kumari and Abhishek Verma won the Archer of the Year in female and male categories respectively.
Sindhu bagged a hat-trick of awards when she was named as the Badminton Player of the Year in the female category, while B Sai Praneeth got the recognition among male shuttlers.
It was double delight for hockey skipper Rani who was adjudged women hockey player of the year while drag-flicker Harmanpreet won the recognition in the men’s category.
Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker won the Shooter of the Year in male and female categories respectively.
India’s first world championship silver medallist pugilist Amit Phanghal won the recognition among male boxers while Lovlina Borgohain bagged the award among female boxers.
India’s best Olympic medal hopes in wrestling, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, were selected as the male and female grapplers of the year.