During the ‘Maruti Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year’ Charity Gala Awards Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was bagged with the Sportsperson of the Year award on 8th of July 2017.
P Gopichand(Sindhu’s coach) received the Coach of the Year award and Sikh Milkha Singh was given the Living Legend of the Year award.
- Young India cricketer K L Rahul was awarded with Game changer of the Year award.
- The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Para athletes Devendra Jhajaria, Mariappan Thangavelu, Varun Bharti and Deepa Malik also received awards.
- Badminton player Jwala Gutta, football great Bhaichung Bhutia, boxer Amir Khan and cricketer Pragyan Ojha were present in the ceremony.
About the Awards:
|Name of the awards||Name of the awardee|
|Special award for service to Sports||Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus.|
|Team of the year||Junjor Men’s Hockey Team received by Captain Harjeet Singh.|
|Coach of the year||Pullela Gopichand.|
|Editor’s Award for excellence||Devendra Jhajharia, MariyappanThangavelu, Varun Bhati|
|Outstanding Contribution to sports:||K Arumugam|
|Athlete of the year||Gaurav Gill|
|Gamechanger of the year||K.L. Rahul|
|Extreme Performer of the year||Shiva Keshavan|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Abhinav Bindra|
|Community Development through sports||Milind Soman (Received by his mother Usha Soman).|
|Inspirational athlete of the year||Deepa Malik|