The event was organized to honor good performances of the year 2012. Wednesday got the chance to organize basis their expertise to handle awards ceremonies and conceptualizing the same. The event was attended by latest sensations like Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand and Veteran’s like VVS Laxman, many other sports personalities from different sports were also see, MR. H N Girisha a Silver medalist at Paralympic had many heads turning towards him and was a big motivator.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was declared Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year while her mentor and India coach Pulella Gopichand was given the Coach of the Year award for nurturing new crop of talented young shuttlers.
The 14 categories in which the awards were presented include Young Player of the Year award, won by U-19 world cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, while Athlete of the Year was presented to young India cricketer Virat Kohli. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the Indian batting stalwarts, who retired from international cricket last year were given the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the sport
Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won became the first Indian to win back-to-back individual Olympic medals, was adjudged the ‘ Gamechanger of the Year’ for bagging a silver medal at London Games. Team of the Year award was given to India U-19 Cricket Team for winning country’s third ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia.
Paralympic high jumper H N Girisha’s silver medal winning effort at Paralympic last year was awarded ‘Sporting moment of the Year’. The list also included Asian champion Sawarn Singh Virk (Rowing) and race walker KT Irfan as ‘Surprise Package of the Year’. The other awardees include footballer Uttam Rai (Sportskid of the Year), Service Sports Control Board (Administrator of the Year) and Services (Domestic Performance of the Year).
According to Mr. Manmeet Singh Soundh Creative Director at Wednesday Brand Solutions “the challenge was to complete the event part in short time with all 14 awards to be given and all winners should get a chance to speak about their achievements on stage, so MC scripting and entire flow of event was designed keeping these factors in mind”