Awards for Srikkanth, Dipika - The New Indian Express

Awards for Srikkanth, Dipika

Published: 04th November 2012 11:02 AM

Last Updated: 04th November 2012 11:27 AM

Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists Association honoured former India skipper and selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth with a ‘lifetime achievement’ award in the Green Valleys Shelters Private Limited-TNSJA award night here on Saturday.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and squash player and world number 13 Dipika Pallikal bagged the  sportsperson of the year and sportswoman of the year awards while Tamil Nadu all-rounder Baba Aparajith was adjudged the young achiever of the year.

Though Ashwin couldn’t attend the event as Tamil Nadu is playing Odisha in a Ranji match in Cuttack, he thanked TNSJA over the phone.  “It’s an honour to be adjudged the sportsperson of the year, and I would have definitely been there. I had in fact promised to be there. But now we are playing a match here in Cuttack, and obviously duty comes first,” he said.

Dipika, who has been riding a crest of wave since last year, said she was glad to receive the award and promised she would strive for more. “The city has encouraged and supported me a lot in achieving this level and I hope I would have reasons to make you happier,” she said.

With the vision to promote fledgling talent was formed the scholarship initiative to 10 deserving athletes, who were given a cash award of `25,000 apiece. They were K Premkumar and A. Suresh (athletics), S Karthikeyan (basketball), P Appu (boxing), J Saranya and M Mahalakshmi (chess), CA Bhavani Devi (fencing), U Jayakumar (football), P Dhamu (hockey) and C  Jerome Vineeth (volleyball).

Among the attendees were a host of former and present athletes.

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