RPSG Indian Sports Honours an initiative by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and Virat Kohli known to encourage the undying sportsman spirit is back with a digital avatar. The third edition which was originally scheduled last year in Mumbai was postponed due to Covid-19 and now it will be telecast on 23rd July 2021.
RPSG Indian Sports Honours will honour and appreciate Indian athletes for their undaunted commitment and exceptional sacrifices in tough times. The ceremony will honour athletes in 17 categories across multiple sports who have shown grit through a period of January – December 2019.
The Star Sports Network continues to be the official broadcast partner for the RPSG Indian Sports Honours driven by Audi and will telecast the entire honours ceremony on 23rd July 2021 exclusively on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports First channels and on Disney+ Hotstar from 9:00 PM onwards. The repeat telecast will be aired on the same channels on 24th and 25th July 2021, from 9:00 PM and 7:00 PM onwards respectively.
Top performing athletes have been shortlisted, selected and honoured through ‘11 Jury Honours’ and ‘6 Star Sports Popular Choice Honours’. The ISH Jury members, including eminent leaders and sporting champions like Dr. Sanjiv Goenka, Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sardar Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, PT Usha and Anjali Bhagwat will decide the winners of the Jury Honours.
The nominations in the categories were shortlisted by over 200 journalists from the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI). The RPSG Indian Sports Honours Jury will select the final honorees from 38 finalists voted upon by Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) members. The Star Sports Popular Choice Honours will be decided through fans voting on Twitter on @sportshonours.
A segment of the ISH is dedicated to the Virat Kohli Foundation. Virat Kohli honours scholarships to the upcoming and deserving athletes through the Athlete Development Program. It reflects Virat’s dream of making India a sporting superpower.
Today Virat’s ambitions for a better India has grown beyond the sports arena to create a better tomorrow by building youth focused programs concentrating on Education and Healthcare. The foundation is also working towards the welfare of animals pan India.
Virat Kohli said, “I have always been pleasantly surprised and proud to see so much vigor and talent emerge from some of the smallest parts of our country. It truly encourages me to keep pushing myself harder and recognize this budding talent which will keep the Indian flag high at all sporting events.”
Bunty Sajdeh, CEO, Cornerstone Sport said, “We have seen the number of participants grow over the years. This progress is a testimony that we are on the right path to acknowledge the talent prevalent in the country and aim to motivate them to keep pushing themselves to reach newer heights.”
Sanjog Gupta, Head of Sports, Disney Star India said, “The nominations received for Indian Sports Honours have sought to recognize exceptional sporting excellence that raises the bar. The platform aims to turn the spotlight on premier Indian athletes, recognize upcoming talent and encourage budding sportspersons to believe in their dreams.”