Here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about Sportstar Aces Awards.

Relaunched in 2019 in celebration of Sportstar’s 40th anniversary, the ACES 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’. There are many untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind each athlete’s success.

a) Popular Awards
b) Jury Awards
c) Nominated Awards

The Popular Awards are a platform for the public to vote for the best sportspersons of the year 2019 in the following 10 categories. The poll results will be shared with the jury, which will take the final call :
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 Sport
Sportsman of the Year - Other Individual Sports
Sportswoman of the Year - Other Individual Sport

Based on the popular votes, the top two contenders in each category will be reviewed by the jury, who will decide the final winner.

The last date for voting is December 20, 2019

The jury comprising experts from the sports world will decide the winners in the following categories. These categories are not open for voting.
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
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

The Nominated Awards are Best University for the Promotion of Sports and Best PSU/Corporate House for the Promotion of Sports. Such entities should register online on sportstar.thehindu.com/aces-awards/nominated-awards/ and furnish their details, which will be evaluated by our jury.

Institutions and corporate houses who have used sports as a medium to bring about a social change, organising various sports meets and have made an endeavour to promote sports in the country.

There is no nomination fee.

The last date to submit the nominations is December 20, 2019.

The winners will be announced and felicitated at the Sportstar ACES Awards ceremony on January 12, 2020.

POPULAR AWARDS

There are 15 categories under Popular Awards:
Sportsman of the Decade (Cricket)
Sportswoman of the Decade (Cricket)
Sportsman of the Decade (Racquet Sports)
Sportswoman of the Decade (Racquet Sports)
Sportsman of the Decade (Track and Field)
Sportswoman of the Decade (Track and Field)
Sportsman of the Decade (Team Sports)
Sportswoman of the Decade (Team Sports)
Sportsman of the Decade (Individual Olympic Sports)
Sportswoman of the Decade (Individual Olympic Sports)

JURY AWARDS

The Jury Awards will comprise :
National Team of the Decade
Coach of the Decade
Parathlete Sportsperson of the Decade (Male)
Parathlete Sportsperson of the Decade (Female)
Best State for the Promotion of Sports
Best PSU for the Promotion of Sports
Best Corporate 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.