Sportstar Aces Awards: Bajrang Punia grabs top honour

Bajrang Punia, hailing from Khudan village of Jhajjar district in Haryana, capped off 2018 with a World Championships silver medal in Budapest.

Bajrang Punia became the first Indian wrestler to achieve the No. 1 ranking in the world, and is now the main medal hope for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Bajrang Punia is the winner in the Sportsman of the Year (Other Individual Sport) category at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF.

Punia, hailing from Khudan village of Jhajjar district in Haryana, won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games , and capped of the 2018 with a World Championships silver medal in Budapest and became the first Indian wrestler to secure two medals in the elite event.

He became the first Indian wrestler to achieve the No. 1 ranking in the world, and is now the main medal hope for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The Aces Awards are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

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