Sportstar Aces Awards: Chhetri crowned Sportsman of the Year

Sunil Chhetri captained the Indian football team that won the Intercontinental Cup in June 2018.

Chhetri led the country to the AFC Asian Cup after an eight-year hiatus and also captained the side that won the Intercontinental Cup in June 2018.   -  AP

Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri and hockey captain Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday won the Sportsman of the Year (Other Team Sport) award at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF in Mumbai.

Chhetri led the country to the AFC Asian Cup after an eight-year hiatus and also captained the side that won the Intercontinental Cup in June 2018.

He also became the second-highest international goal-scorer among current players after Cristiano Ronaldo and was one of nine sportspersons to be conferred the Padma Shri.

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Chhetri is the sixth footballer after the late Gostho Paul, the late Sailen Manna, P. K. Banerjee, Chuni Goswami and Bhaichung Bhutia to be feted with the prestigious award.

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.