The Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists’ Association will conduct its annual awards function at Hotel RainTree on Friday.
Green Valleys Shelters Private Ltd.(GVSPL) is the title sponsor. India’s tennis legend Ramanathan Krishnan, who reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon in 1960 and 1961 and marked the highest ranking ever by an Indian (3), will receive the GVSPL-Lifetime Achievement Award. He was once ranked No 3 in the world.
Murali Vijay, India’s Test opener, who had a prolific return to the Test ranks, will receive the GVSPL-Tamil Nadu Sportsperson (male) of the Year award.
Emerging woman cricket MD Thirushkamini, who became the Indian woman to score a World Cup hundred, will get the GVSPL-Tamil Nadu Sportsperson (female) of the Year award.
Ramkumar Ramanathan and R Vaishali will be given achievers’ award. Besides 10 promising athletes will get a scholarship of `25,000 each.
Awards: GVSPL-Lifetime Achievement award: Ramanathan Krishnan (tennis); GVSPL-TN Sportsperson of the Year (male): M Vijay (cricket); GVSPL-TN Sportsperson of the Year (female): MD Thirushkamini (cricket); Young Achiever award (male): Ramkumar Ramanathan (tennis); Young Achiever award (female): R Vaishali (chess); The scholarships (`25,000 each): Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan (sailing), T Reeth Rishya (tt), AV Jayaveena (swimming), R Vignesh (volley), Rochelle Maria Macfarlane (athletics), K Murali (chess), S Karthick (football), P Naveen Kumar (hockey), K Jagan (biking) and Daryl Ferrario (cricket).