Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and business tycoon Sanjeev Goenka have jointly partnered to launch Indian Sports Honours Awards, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian Sports and encourage sports-persons for their outstanding achievements.
As a part of this new initiative, the sports journalists association, sporting legends and fans will identify one player from each sport who will not only be honored with the RPSG Indian Sports Award, but also be provided with the financial support. These Sports Awards will also help identify and support athletes with potential and award them scholarships of upto 2 crores.
Apart from the recipients who will be shortlisted and decided by the SJFI (Sports Journalists Federation of India) and Advisory Council respectively, there will be ‘Popular Choice’ awards whose winners will be picked directly by the fans.
Promising Indian athletes with the potential to excel in global events of the near future will be awarded scholarships of a minimum 2 crore by the ViratKohli Foundation (VKF) in association with the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. Scholarships will also be awarded to individuals who have undertaken exceptional initiatives to promote sports at the grassroot level. The shortlisted athletes will be tracked through the year and their progress monitored.
The inaugural RP-SG Indian Sports Honours Awards Ceremony will be held in Mumbai on Saturday, 11th November 2017, performances by Indian athletes in four team sports and twenty individual sports from 1st August 2016 to 31st July 2017 will be in contention for the awards.