As it happened: Sportstar Aces Awards

Winners across generations came under one roof for the Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai on Thursday.

The stage is set for the Sportstar Aces Awards.

Hello and good evening!

The stage is set for the Sportstar Aces Awards.

We hope you have voted for your choice of winners. It is now just a matter of time before the awards are presented and we have you covered with our live updates.

Do not forget to watch the awards ceremony LIVE, here!


That brings us to the end of a starry night. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage as much as we did in bringing this to you. Till the next time, Adios from Team Sportstar.

21.30: K.C. Vijaya Kumar, Sports Editor, The Hindu, presents the Vote of Thanks.

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Prakash Padukone. N. Murali, Chairman, Kasturi and Sons, talks on the importance of the award and how the independent jury unanimously selected the awardee. The award is presented by Sunil Gavaskar.


N. Ram presents the Chairman's Choice Award to Cheteshwar Pujara.

This is what Cheteshwar Pujara has to say:

"It is an honour to be part of a wonderful evening. Watching the ball has come naturally to me. I worked hard in net sessions. I practice for hours and hours."

"It has been a tough journey. I lost my mother to cancer at 17. She blessed me with a good career ahead. She wanted me to be a nice human being. My father played the role of my mother too. My father has been coaching me, since I was 8. He is a strict coach. He never allowed me to celebrate festivals, always wanted me to practice for hours and hours. I am grateful he has been with me."

Sportsman of the year (Cricket) award goes to Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. Shashank Manohar presents the award.

Virat, in a video message, after accepting the award from Shane Warne says, "For me, Sportstar used to be the posters, I used to buy every month and preserve it. It is a childhood memory. It feels good to be on the cover and take this award."

Bumrah on Kohli: He leads by an example. We, as a team, give a lot of importance to Test. He is always motivating and leading from the front. 


Sportswoman of the year (Cricket) award goes to Smriti Mandhana. Eight-time table tennis national champion Kamlesh Mehta presents the award to the Sangli batswoman.

An elated Smriti says, "It is a great honour. It will motivate me to do better and score more runs for India."

Smriti Mandhana


Jury member M.M. Somaya on the role of media in sports: "A lot has been spoken about the infrastructure in the country. While infrastructure, coaching and technology are very important for sport, the importance of media is not anything less. I am sure that Sportstar and The Hindu will keep playing an important role in promoting the sport and creating an ecosystem for sport in the country."

Best University for the Promotion of Sports award goes to Army Schools Institute.Mithali Raj presents this award too.

Mithali Raj presents the Best PSU for the Promotion of Sports award to Railway Sports Promotion Board.

Sportswoman of the year (Other team sport) is won by Gurjit Kaur.

Gurjit Kaur


Sunil Chhetri wins the Sportsman of the year (Other team sport) award. Noted Kabaddi player Ajay Thakur presents the award. The award is collected by the coach of Bengaluru FC, Carles Cuadrat.

Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das win the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year (Track and Field) awards.

Hima Das


Coach of the year award goes to table tennis coach Massimo Costantini.

Guests from the tinsel town are here. Take a guess on who the popular stars are:


Team of the year award goes to Vidarbha. Anand Jaiswal, President of Vidarbha Cricket Association receives the award from Diana Edulji.



Sanjay Manjrekar presents the Sportsman of the year (Other Individual Sport) to Bajrang Punia.

Bajrang Punia


Mary Kom and Vinesh Phogat win the Sportswoman of the year (Other Individual Sport).


Sportsman of the year (motorsport) award is won by K.P. Aravind. Anju Bobby George presents the award.


The best state for promotion of sports - Odisha. Mr. Naveen Patnaik collects the award for the state. Chess champion Viswanathan Anand presents the award.

Best young athlete (boys) - Saurabh Chaudhary. Gagan Narang announces the winner.


Best young athlete (girls) - Manu Bhaker. Anjali Bhagwat presents the award.

Manu Bhaker says, "Thank you Sportstar. I am coming from a pratise session. I haven't changed my clothes and I am elated to be here." And as Anjali read out the name, she smirked, "I am happy." (the award has gone to a fellow shooter).

Manu Bhaker


Sportswoman of the year (racquet sport) - P.V. Sindhu and Manika Batra jointly win the award. Baichung Bhutia is presenting the award. Viren Rasquinha collects the award on behalf of the sportswomen.

Sindhu says, "I am not able to come, apologies. A big thanks to Sportstar. I read and love Sportstar from a young age. It is great that Sportstar covers a variety of sports."


Sportsman of the year (racquet sport) - Sharath Kamal. Multiple national champion Niraj Bajaj, multiple TT national champion gives the award.

Sharath says, "It is fantastic to be here. I have seen most of you guys (fellow athletes) on the Sportstar posters. It gives me a lot of motivation to do more for the country. We will keep it going."


Parathlete Sportsman of the year goes to - Suyash Jadhav (swimming) and Manoj Sarkar (badminton).


Parathlete Sportswoman of the year goes to - Deepa Malik. M.M. Somayya gives the award.

Deepa says, "Thank you for validating my journey. It is going on. When I joined the world of athletics at 40, sports became the medium that erased all my disability. "

Deepa Malik


We are now off to the awards!

20.11: The host thanks the jury, Sunil Gavaskar, M.M. Somayya, Anju Bobby George, Anjali Bhagwat and N. Ram, for their tireless work.

20.02: Ayon Sengupta and Mr. N. Ram, Chairman THG Publishing, take us on a flashback trail, on how The Hindu and Sportstar has grown over the years, in fact over a century!

19.58: What does Smriti Mandhana say about Sportstar and the awards?



19.45: As the panel discusses the topic, Gaurav Kalra gets some time for a comment that targets our funny bone.


19.35: We will have a panel discussion, moderated by Gaurav Kalra, on 'India's growth as a sports infrastructure and technology hub.'

19.30: The organising committee of Qatar 2020, Nasser Al Khater, details on his project — the FIFA World Cup. He details on how his country, the football fans lost hope after Qatar failed to qualify for the last two World Cups and how a young team, barring odds, won the Asian Cup recently and won hearts.

19.25: Ayon Sengupta, Editor of Sportstar, starts off with the welcome note. He thanks the chief minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, the Qatar 2022 World Cup organising committe and thanks the athletes! He also details on the awards, the categories.

19.22: He starts off with how Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted about how the 'cover/star posters' took prime importance in one's home. In case, you missed the tweet, here it is!

The sheer replies and comments give us an understanding of how much Sportstar was/is loved.

19.20: The host for the evening, Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan, is in all readiness and so are the awardees and so are we.

19.15: We have ex-Mumbai, India and one of the top commentators, Sanjay Manjrekar in attendance too.

19.10: Deepa Malik has arrived! The champion athlete in a graceful pose.


19.05: We have the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar's organising committee too in attendance.



19.00: Former Indian football team captain Baichung Bhutia takes inspiration from Sportstar. That's so kind of the star footballer. This is what he had to say:


18.55: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar says he is excited to be at the Aces Awards. Well, we don't blame him, all of us are! He adds, he is looking forward to a fantastic evening!

18.50: Young basketball star Sanjana Ramesh is thrilled to be in the house and guess who she wants to meet?


18.37: It the red carpet time! And your favourite stars are walking it down.



18.30: We are underway! Do not forget to watch the awards ceremony LIVE, here!

18.20: Fomer India pacer Ajit Agarkar and table tennis champ Sharath Kamal have graced the occassion. This is what an awards ceremony can do — a galaxy of sport stars under one roof.


18.10: We are just minutes away from the 'Red Carpet' event and the Awards ceremony. Do not worry, we have you covered with all the live updates, as it happens.

And yes, we hope your favourite sportsman wins an award!

17.50: Here are some glimpses into Mumbai and the grand event.


17.30: Look, who is in the house? A gracious presence always adds warmth and liveliness to the ceremony! Agree?

Cheteshwar Pujara attended the Sportstar Aces Awards night with his wife, who said she's gone from not knowing cricket to knowing a little since their marriage.

Cheteshwar Pujara attended the Sportstar Aces Awards night with his wife, who said she's gone from not knowing cricket to knowing a little since their marriage.

17.05: The Indian women's cricket team coach W.V. Raman shares his thoughts on the Aces Awards.

Raman says, "Every event had its own factor; the common denominator was you got to meet sportspersons from different disciplines and share their views while having a great laugh."

"It gets difficult to catch up with everyone when there are around 200 people under one roof but I will try and have a word with everyone present at the function."

How true is this?

16.30: The host of the evening is all set, too!



16.15: It is all just a matter of hours now. Our correspondent Santadeep Dey, has some details for you.


16.10: We have Real Kashmir FC star striker Danish Farooq, the co-owners of the club Sandeep Chattoo and Shamim Meraj in the house!


The guest list is long, and so is the winners list. But what are the Aces Awards? Click here to read more.

16.00: Hello. Good evening. This is Hari Kishore M, along with my teammates Anirudh Velamuri, Amal John, Sattwik Biswal and Ayan Acharya, your hosts for the evening on the live updates. We are all set for the Sportstar Aces Awards.