Pramod Bhagat wins Sportstar Aces 2020 Sportsman of the Year (Parasports)

Para-badminton player Pramod Bhagat won the Para-Sportsman of the Year award at the Sportstar Aces Awards on Monday.

Pramod Bhagat is currently India’s No. 1 men’s para-badminton player.

Para-badminton player Pramod Bhagat won the Parasports Sportsman of the Year award at the Sportstar Aces Awards on Monday. Bhagat beat para-javelin athletes Sandeep Chaudhary and Sundar Singh Gurjar to the prize.

Bhagat, affected by polio since childhood, enjoyed a brilliant run in 2019. He is India’s No. 1 men’s para-badminton player and was nominated for the male para-badminton player of the year award by the Badminton World Federation.

After receiving the award, he said: "I want to thank Sportstar first. I used to see most of the people sitting in this room on TV and now I get to see many stars in person. Thanks to my sponsors GoSports for helping me. They played an important role in my sports journey. I also want to thank my family and friends."

The 31-year-old won the men’s SL3 singles and SL3-4 doubles gold at the BWF World Championships in Switzerland. He won two gold and one bronze medal at the National Para-Badminton Championships.

Bhagat started the year with a triple haul at the IWAS World Games, winning gold in the singles and mixed doubles events, along with a silver in doubles. In 2019, he won 21 medals, including 11 gold, in international tournaments.

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