Maruti Suzuki sportsperson of the year Gala awards in association with Magic bus and Herbalife. on 6th July 2017 at ITC Grand Central Parel.
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Keeping in mind the brand philosophy of promoting sports at grassroots level in India, this year’s gala was in association with Magic Bus—an award-winning NGO that steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood. The funds raised will be used towards the betterment of these under-privileged children.
Some of the award categories in which the athletes were felicitated were:
1. Special award for service to sports: Jayant Rastogi, CEO – Magic Bus (presented by Ms Parineeta Sethi and Simon Clays)
2. Team of the year: Jr. Hockey Team- Captain Harjeet Singh (presented by Pragyan Ojha)
3. Coach of the year: Pullela Gopichand (presented by Mr. Vinay Pant)
4. Editor’s Award for excellence: Devendra Jhajharia (presented by Jwala Gutta and Vivek Mukherjee)
5. Editor’s Award for excellence: MariyappanThangavelu (presented by Jwala Gutta and Vivek Mukherjee)
6. Editor’s Award for excellence: Varun Bhati (presented by Jwala Gutta and Vivek Mukherjee)
7. Outstanding Contribution to sports: K Arumugam (presented by Bhaichung Bhutia)
8. Athlete of the year: Gaurav Gill (presented by Amir Khan)
9. Gamechanger of the year: K.L Rahul
10. Extreme Performer of the year: ShivaKeshavan (presented by Sanjeev Mantri and Richa Chadha)
11. Lifetime Achievement Award: Abhinav Bindra (presented by Amit Khanna, Herbalife & Shayamal Vallabhjee)
12. Community Development through sports: Milind Soman (Received by Usha Soman) (presented by Angad Bedi and Parineeta Sethi)
13. Inspirational athlete of the year: Deepa Malik (presented by Taapsee Pannu)
14. Living Legend: Milkha Singh
15. Sportsperson Of The Year: PV Sindhu (presented by Parineeta Sethi & Ajay Khanna, Herbalife)
Through this association, Sports Illustrated India aims to continue their journey and ensure sports is made accessible for all as well as for the welfare of upcoming athletes.