ESPN India Awards : PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Coach Gopichand win top honours


The Awards 2017 comprehend the very best team and individual performances in Indian game to a calendar-year basis. Cricket is covered by ESPNcricinfo’s yearly awards and so isn’t included in such awards.

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Sindhu, Srikanth, win top honours in Awards


ESPN India Awards List In Brief

Badminton was the largest winner at the inaugural ESPN India Awards, together with P.V. Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Pullela Gopichand winning awards for the best sportsperson and greatest trainer.

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The Indian women’s hockey team, which won the Asia Cup, won the award for Team of the Year, also Aditi Ashok was appointed Emerging Player to get a standout year around the golf program.

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There was recognition for its past and the future also. Ramanathan Krishnan, the primary star of Indian tennis, won the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Javelin throw prodigy Neeraj Chopra was deemed the top young opportunity of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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Sundar Singh Gurjar composed for missing out on the Rio Paralympics at 2016 by becoming the first Indian to win gold in the World Para Athletics Championships – and has been termed Differently-abled Athlete of this year.

The Moment of the Year, voted on by viewers, was Jeakson Singh’s historic target for India from the FIFA Under-17 World Cup along with also the Match of the Year, voted by our jury, was Sindhu vs Okuhara in the epic closing of the World Championships.

The jury, that picked nine of the 11 awards, also comprised some of the greatest names in the Indian sport fraternity:

Abhinav Bindra, the only Indian to have won a single Olympic gold;

Bhaichung Bhutia, the very best Indian soccer player of his creation;

Anju Bobby George, the first Indian American to win a trophy in the Athletics World Championships;

Rohit Brijnath, that has covered Indian game in any way levels for the last 3 years; and ESPN’s senior author Sharda Ugra.

List of ESPN INDIA 2017 Awards Achievers

Sportsperson of the year (Male): Kidambi Srikanth

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Sportsperson of the year (Female): PV Sindhu

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Team of the year: Women’s hockey team

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Comeback of the year: Mary Kom

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Emerging player of the year (21 and below): Aditi Ashok

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Coach of the year: Pullela Gopichand

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Differently-abled athlete of the year: Sundar Singh Gurjar

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Target Tokyo (Athletes we think could do well in the 2020 Games): Neeraj Chopra

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Moment of the year: Jeakson’s historic goal at the FIFA U-17 World Cup

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Match of the year: Sindhu vs Okuhara at the World Championships awards - Sindhu vs Okuhara

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ramanathan Krishnan

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