Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma attended the second edition of Indian Sports Honours with her cricketer husband Virat Kohli.
Indian Sports Honours, which is an initiative by Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-SG Group and Kohli, held at SVP Stadium in Mumbai.
Top performers in 17 sporting disciplines were felicitated during the award ceremony.
The winners of 11 categories (Jury Honours) were decided by ISH Jury members, which comprised sporting champions such as Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Sardar Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, PT Usha, and Anjali Bhagwat.
Apart from the Jury Honours, there were six ‘Popular Choice Honours’. Winners for this were decided through an online voting process on Twitter.
The nominations across categories were shortlisted by 200 journalists from the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI).
While interacting with the media at the event, Anushka Sharma said that she is proud of her husband Virat Kohli for hosting the Indian Sports Honours.
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“I am associated with this award ceremony because my husband is associated with it. I think it’s a unique initiative where you give backing and support to upcoming and promising Indian athletes. I think Virat has given many reasons to be proud of but his foundation is another reason to feel prouder, because of the work being done. The awards ceremony covers all kind of sports and that increases the sporting culture,” said Anushka.
Virat then talked about the importance of developing a sports culture in India and the need to recognize the upcoming talent.
“I think it is necessary to recognize sporting talent in India so, I am happy this award ceremony is taking place. It also provides scholarships to emerging sporting talent which I think is important to develop a sports culture in our country,” the Indian cricket team skipper said.
Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Madhu Chopra, Kartik Aaryan, Arjun Kapoor, Neha Sharma, Aisha Sharma, Javed Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Sona Mohapatra, Ram Sampath and Aparshakti Khurana also attended the event.
Sports personalities spotted at the award ceremony included Sania Mirza, Ajinkya Rahane, Zaheer Khan along with wife Sagarika Ghatge, Yuvraj Singh along with wife Hazel Keech, Milkha Singh, Dipa Karmakar, Satnam Singh, Smriti Mandhana and Sardar Singh.