In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Sportstar relaunched its annual awards in 2019. The second edition of the awards will be held in January 2020 in Mumbai. Named Sportstar ACES, the awards celebrate the stars, the future stars and the tireless silent partners who have dedicated their lives to sports, to realise the dream of making India a ‘sporting nation’. Sportstar ACES aims to identify and reward the most deserving athletes irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

There are many untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind each athlete’s success. Sportstar ACES strives to tell these stories, providing encouragement to our athletes and their support systems. The awards aim to create a platform where stakeholders involved with Indian sports meet and share their vision for the growth of sport as we jointly find ways to make dreams a reality.

The awards in 2019 were divided into three segments – Popular Awards, Nominated Awards and Jury Awards. The ceremony was held at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai on February 14. Prakash Padukone was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah shared the Sportsman of the Year (Cricket) Award.

POPULAR AWARDS

There are 10 categories under Popular Awards:
Sportsman of the Year (Cricket)
Sportswoman of the Year (Cricket)
Sportsman of the Year (Racquet Sports)
Sportswoman of the Year (Racquet Sports)
Sportsman of the Year (Track and Field)
Sportswoman of the Year (Track and Field)
Sportsman of the Year (Other Team Sports)
Sportswoman of the Year (Other Team Sports)
Sportsman of the Year (Other Individual Sports)
Sportswoman of the Year (Other Individual Sports)
The top two contenders from each category, based on popular vote, will be sent to a jury panel, which will then decide the winner.

JURY AWARDS

The Jury Awards will comprise :
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Best Young Athlete (Male)
Best Young Athlete (Female)
Parathlete Sportsperson of the Year (Male)
Parathlete Sportsperson of the Year (Female)
Best State for the Promotion of Sports
Lifetime Achievement Award
These categories are not open for voting.

NOMINATED AWARDS

This category will comprise awards for Best University for the Promotion of Sports and Best PSU/Corporate House for the Promotion of Sports.

Such entities should register themselves online and furnish details, which will be evaluated by our panel of experts.