CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat felicitate ‘Indian Sports Legends’

‘Indian Sports Legends – A Network18 Initiative’ is an initiative aimed at felicitating the achievements of India’s biggest sporting greats of the past decades. These greats are now an inspiration for the new generation of champions, expected to bring glory to India in the Commonwealth Games. The award recognised the selfless contribution of these legends who have remained India’s sporting icons for generations. All-time greats of Indian cricket like former captains, M.A.K Pataudi and Kapil Dev honoured these sporting icons.

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Updated: Sep 27, 2010 8:20 AM
CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat felicitate ‘Indian Sports Legends’

‘Indian Sports Legends – A Network18 Initiative’ is an initiative aimed at felicitating the achievements of India’s biggest sporting greats of the past decades. These greats are now an inspiration for the new generation of champions, expected to bring glory to India in the Commonwealth Games. The award recognised the selfless contribution of these legends who have remained India’s sporting icons for generations. All-time greats of Indian cricket like former captains, M.A.K Pataudi and Kapil Dev honoured these sporting icons.

The sporting legends felicitated at the event in alphabetical order:

• Ajit Pal Singh and 1975 Hockey Team: World Champions, Hockey
• Anjali Bhagwat (Shooting): Former World No 1, Shooting
• Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (Athletics): Asian Games Gold Medallist
• Jaspal Rana (Shooting): 4-time Asian Games Gold Medallist
• Karnam Malleswari (Weight Lifting): Olympic Bronze Medallist
• Leslie Claudius & RS Bhola (Hockey): The 3-time Olympic Gold medal winning Indian Hockey Team
• Limba Ram (Archery): Former Asian Champion
• Milkha Singh(Athletics): India’s flying Sikh, 1st Indian to win Gold at the CWG
• Michael Ferreira (Billiards): Three-time World Billiard Titles, Bombay Tiger
• N G Dingko Singh (Boxing): Asian Games Gold Medalist
• PT Usha (Athletics): Queen on Indian track & field, conquered Asia with 4 Gold Medals at Seoul Asiad
• Prakash Padukone (Badminton): Only Indian to be ranked World No 1 in Badminton
• Pradip Kumar Banerjee (Football): FIFA's Indian Footballer of the Century
• Shiny Abraham Wilson (Athletics): Asian Games Gold Medalist, Athletics
• Sriram Singh (Athletics): 2-time Asian Games Gold Medalist, Athletics
• Satpal Singh (Wrestling): Asian Games Gold Medalist
• Vijay Amritraj (Tennis): 2-time Davis Cup Finalist

‘Indian Sports Legends’- A Network18 Initiative’ in partnership with Airtel is an honour for their timeless achievements and for displaying the greatest sporting spirit by placing the country above personal triumph. It’s an effort to remind the current generation of the great Indian sporting legends who has put India on the world map of sports.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “It gives me great pride and pleasure to share the stage with these legends. It’s really an honour to present such a unique initiative, the Indian Sports Legends, to honour the greatest sporting legends for their timeless contribution in bringing unparallel glory to India. I hope this initiative encourages the youth of our country to pursue their passion for sports and in the process bring glory to the country.”

Speaking about the awards, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, “I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to these sporting legends that have done exemplary work in bringing India on the world map of sports. It gives us great pride to honour the pioneers of Indian sports.”

Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN-Lokmat, added, “This initiative truly marks the celebration of the spirit of sport. With this we also hope to encourage the youth of our country to pursue their passion for sports and in the process bring glory to the country.”

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