Sportstar Aces Awards: Odisha recognised as Best State for the Promotion of Sports

After the Asian Athletics Championships and the Hero Super Cup, Odisha hosted a successful hockey World Cup.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha receives Best State for Promotion of Sport award from Viswanathan Anand at the Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai.   -  Vivek Bendre

For hosting a successful hockey World Cup after the Asian Athletics Championships and the Hero Super Cup, Odisha won the Best State for Promotion of Sports honour at the Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai on Thursday.

The man behind Odisha’s sporting success, chief minister Naveen Patnaik received the award from chess legend Viswanathan Anand.

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.