-- As the nation prepares to host India's biggest sporting event, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat felicitated Indian sporting legends in a glittering ceremony held in the national capital.
'Indian Sports Legends - A Network18 Initiative' is an initiative aimed at felicitating the achievements of India's biggest sporting greats of the past decades. These greats are now an inspiration for the new generation of champions, expected to bring glory to India in the Commonwealth Games. The award recognises the selfless contribution of these legends who have remained India's sporting icons for generations. All-time greats of Indian cricket like former captains, M.A.K Pataudi and Kapil Dev honoured these sporting icons.
The sporting legends felicitated at the event in alphabetical order:
- Ajit Pal Singh and 1975 Hockey Team: World Champions, Hockey
- Anjali Bhagwat (Shooting): Former World No 1, Shooting
- Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (Athletics): Asian Games Gold Medallist
- Jaspal Rana (Shooting): 4-time Asian Games Gold Medallist
- Karnam Malleswari (Weight Lifting): Olympic Bronze Medallist
- Leslie Claudius & RS Bhola (Hockey): The 3-time Olympic Gold medal winning Indian Hockey Team
- Limba Ram (Archery): Former Asian Champion
- Milkha Singh(Athletics): India's flying Sikh, 1st Indian to win Gold at the CWG
- Michael Ferreira (Billiards): Three-time World Billiard Titles, Bombay Tiger
- N G Dingko Singh (Boxing): Asian Games Gold Medalist
- PT Usha (Athletics): Queen on Indian track & field, conquered Asia with 4 Gold Medals at Seoul Asiad
- Prakash Padukone (Badminton): Only Indian to be ranked World No 1 in Badminton
- Pradip Kumar Banerjee (Football): FIFA's Indian Footballer of the Century
- Shiny Abraham Wilson (Athletics): Asian Games Gold Medalist, Athletics
- Sriram Singh (Athletics): 2-time Asian Games Gold Medalist, Athletics
- Satpal Singh (Wrestling): Asian Games Gold Medalist
- Vijay Amritraj (Tennis): 2-time Davis Cup Finalist
'Indian Sports Legends'- A Network18 Initiative' in partnership with Airtel is an honour for their timeless achievements and for displaying the greatest sporting spirit by placing the country above personal triumph. It's an effort to remind the current generation of the great Indian sporting legends who has put India on the world map of sports.
'Indian Sports Legends - A Network18 Initiative' adheres to a process of selection which has The Network18 Editorial Board at its core. The Network18 Editorial Board drawn from the editorial masterminds of CNN-IBN, IBN7, IBN-Lokmat, CNBC-TV18 & CNBC-Awaaz draws the list of nominees and then deliberate to finalise the names keeping in mind their contribution to Indian sports as well as the society at large. These sporting legends are remarkable individuals who are the nation's pride and glory. They are the true torch bearers of Indian sports and this initiative is an effort to honour the pioneers of Indian Sports and reminds the current generation of our Indian sporting heroes of all times.
Meet the Legends in their inspiring stories that will be showcased daily, between September 27 and October 1, 2010 on CNN-IBN at 08:30 PM, on IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat at 7:30 PM respectively. These special episodes are to serve as a precursor to the telecast of the Grand Finale of the "Indian Sports Legends-A Network18 Initiative" that will be telecast on October 2 on CNN-IBN at 12 Noon, on IBN7 at 8:00 PM and on IBN-Lokmat at 7:00PM.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, "It gives me great pride and pleasure to share the stage with these legends. It's really an honour to present such a unique initiative, the Indian Sports Legends, to honour the greatest sporting legends for their timeless contribution in bringing unparallel glory to India. I hope this initiative encourages the youth of our country to pursue their passion for sports and in the process bring glory to the country. I would like to thank all our distinguished guests for their presence here in support of these sporting legends."
Speaking about the awards, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, "I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to these sporting legends that have done exemplary work in bringing India on the world map of sports. It gives us great pride to honour the pioneers of Indian sports."
Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN-Lokmat added, "This initiative truly marks the celebration of the spirit of sport. With this we also hope to encourage the youth of our country to pursue their passion for sports and in the process bring glory to the country."
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