PV Sindhu is Sportsperson of the Year at TOISA

NEW DELHI: The best of Indian sport in 2019 was honoured during a glittering function in the Capital with shuttler PV Sindhu claiming the Sportsperson of the Year award at the fourth Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA), powered by BHIM-UPI.
Year 2019 saw Sindhu winning a historic gold at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. She staved off competition from wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, boxer Amit Panghal, shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker, and cricketer Rohit Sharma to grab the top honour.
Besides 12 special awards, which included Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Emerging Player of the Year, Youth Icon of the Year and Lifetime Achievement award, TOISA 2019 saw winners in both men and women categories across 15 sporting disciplines. They were: archery, athletics, badminton, billiards/snooker, boxing, chess, cricket, football, hockey, shooting, squash, table tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, and para sports.
The Indian men’s hockey team won the Team of the Year award, beating the Indian women’s hockey team, Indian men’s blind cricket team, Indian men’s U-19 cricket team and Indian senior men’s cricket team. Jaspal Rana bagged the Coach of the Year award, ahead of boxer MC Mary Kom’s personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav and Yogeshwar Dutt – the mentor of Bajrang Punia.
Shooter Anish Bhanwala clinched the Emerging Player of the Year (men) award over rising cricketer Shubman Gill and shuttler Lakshya Sen.
Striker Lalremsiami, who was recently named the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation, secured the Emerging Player of the Year (women) award.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to one of India’s best-ever footballers, Bhaichung Bhutia, while boxer Vijender Singh was named Youth Icon of the Year.