Deep Grace Ekka wins Sportstar Aces 2020 Sportswoman of the Year in team sports

India hockey defender Deep Grace Ekka won the Sportswoman of the Year in team sports, beating her teammate Lalremsiami and footballer Ngangom Bala Devi to the prize.

Deep Grace Ekka is a natural leader and has excellent tactical understanding of the game.

India hockey defender Deep Grace Ekka won the Sportswoman of the Year in team sports at the Sportstar Aces Awards on Monday, beating her teammate Lalremsiami and footballer Ngangom Bala Devi to the prize.

Deep Grace has been one of the core members who have laid the foundation for the Indian women’s hockey team’s growing success in the international arena.

After receiving the award, she said: “This is a huge achievement for me and an honour. Sportstar has been one of the very few publications that not only continues to give enough importance and coverage to all sports but also perhaps the only one that has managed to continue doing so for so many years. Our seniors used to tell us about how prestigious it was to get something published about you in Sportstar, so to get an award here is absolutely amazing.”

A natural leader in the defence and gifted with a tactical understanding of the game, Deep Grace has contributed heavily to India’s Test tour victories in Ireland, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

Her calmness in the final minutes of the Olympic qualifiers tie in November helped India hold the US at bay to secure back-to-back Olympic appearances for the first time in its history.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, chess ace Vishwanathan Anand, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M. M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian shuttler Aparna Popat selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.

You can watch the Sportstar Aces Awards telecast on Sony Ten 1 SD & HD on Sunday 26 January at 8 PM (IST).

1st Repeat : Monday 27 January at 6 PM, 2nd Repeat : Tuesday 28th January  at 7 PM