Former world number one Anjali Bhagwat said pistol shooter Heena Sidhu is cresting at the right time ahead of the next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in world rankings, Heena, clinched Gold in the 10m women’s air pistol at the Commonwealth Shooting championships in Brisbane to add to her three gold medals in the mixed air pistol, including the World Cup Final last week.
"She is peaking up at the right time. She is currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games. She is number one in India currently and among the world’s top," Anjali said on the sidelines of the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours jury announcement here.
Anjali stated, "She is a brilliant shooter, she has established that and she’s showing her consistency. Winning the Commonwealth Championship along with the World Cup final is a great performance. I’m looking for a great show from her at the Commonwealth Games."
She further said awards are needed to motivate the athletes.
Anjali expressed, "It’s not just award but a token of love and appreciation from the society."
The tribunal is overseen by former all-England champion and chief national badminton coach Puellela Gopichand. The other members of the jury are multiple tennis Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter P T Usha and former hockey captain Arjun Halappa.
Gopichand stated, "I hope these awards will inspire a huge number of people, and also the junior scholarship programme which is there will definitely help a lot of us to get into the sporting nation of the world."
He further added, "In the last few years’ sports has taken a centre stage more than in the past. I’m sure awards like these will actually provide the much-needed inspiration, motivation and support which all of us need in the sporting fraternity."
Terming this an "authentic" sports award, Bhupathi said: "Having an award at the end of a season not only inspires youth but recognises the past players. It’s exciting to have an authentic sport award in the country. It will definitely create an aspiration to achieve more."
The members of the Indian Sports Honours also unveiled the trophy which will be handed over to the winners during the inaugural awards ceremony in Mumbai on November 11.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli through his foundation and city industrialist Sanjiv Goenka have come together to create this platform to honour superlative sport performances of the country.
About the Author
Tanya Attri is a sports journalist who lives in Sonipat and working
for Sports Flashes. She has also worked with Times of India for 5
months as a Junior Editor. She is a sports freak and writes for all
the sports but has special liking for badminton.