Koneru Humpy, the reigning world chess champion within the fast format, was on Monday received the second version of the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Yr award. As soon as the youngest ever chess Grandmaster on the age of 15, Humpy bagged the award after receiving the very best variety of votes from the followers.
A 40-member jury had nominated Humpy, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker and hockey skipper Rani Rampal for this 12 months’s honour, final month.
“This award could be very valuable, not solely to me however to the complete chess fraternity. Being an indoor recreation, chess would not get as a lot consideration as sports activities like cricket in India. However with this award, I hope, the sport will draw folks’s consideration,” Humpy, the Cairns Cup holder, was quoted as saying in a BBC launch.
“I might win through the years due to my willpower and confidence. A feminine participant ought to by no means take into consideration quitting her recreation. Marriage and motherhood are simply part of our life and they need to not change the course of our lives,” added the 33-year-old, who’s now mom of a four-year-old daughter.
BBC Director Common, Tim Davie hosted the digital awards ceremony and introduced the winner. This 12 months’s Lifetime Achievement award went to the veteran athlete, Anju Bobby George, the one Indian athlete to have received a world championship medal in lengthy bounce in 2003.
“I’ve been blessed all through my fulfilling journey. With out the fixed help of my dad and mom and my husband I would not have been the place I’m right now, they’ve all the time stood by my aspect,” stated Anju. “The adversity I confronted and needed to overcome taught me that there isn’t any substitute to onerous work and perseverance; the whole lot is feasible with proper motivation and willingness.”
England all-rounder Ben Stokes introduced younger shooter Manu Bhaker because the winner of the Rising participant of the Yr award, a brand new class added to this 12 months’s BBC ISWOTY.
“This award means rather a lot to me. It looks like my onerous work has been recognised and other people find out about it now. Being awarded by Anju Bobby George, this 12 months’s Lifetime Achievement winner actually feels just like the rising expertise is being promoted,” stated Manu.
The BBC ISWOTY was first initiated in 2019 to honour the perfect sportswomen of the nation and spotlight the inspiring journeys of gifted Indian sportswomen.