Sportstar Aces Awards: Coach of the Year honour goes to Massimo Costantini

Returning for a second stint as coach in 2016, India won eight medals at the Commonwealth Games and further made history by winning two medals at the Asian Games in 2018 under Costantini..

Under Massimo Costantini, in 2018, India won eight medals at the Commonwealth Games and further made history by winning two medals at the Asian Games.   -  MANOB CHOWDHARY

In a year where Indian table tennis achieved new heights, the man behind the rise, the then head coach, Massimo Costantini, was awarded the Coach of the Year Award.

Costantini returned for a second stint as India coach in 2016 after India's disastrous performance at the Rio Olympics. Under him, in 2018, India won eight medals at the Commonwealth Games and further made history by winning two medals at the Asian Games.

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 Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF 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.