Wrestler Bajrang Punia, shooter Elavenil Valarivan bag top honours at FICCI India Sports Awards 2020

Harpal  Singh Bedi

Bajrang Punia receiving the award
Elavenil Valarivan receiving the award

New Delhi: Champion wrestler  Bajrang Punia and teenage shooter Elavenil Valarivan  bagged the top honours at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2020 held virtually this year.

Anil Kumble

 Former India cricket captain Anil Kumble   received the ‘Best Company Promoting Sports (Private Sector)’ award on behalf of his enterprise – Tenvic Sports.

Punia and Valarivan  who had an impressive 2019-20, won the Sports Person of the Year Awards in their respective categories. 

Sundar Singh Gurjar  and Simran Sharma were declared the best Para athletes while  Radhakrishnan Nair  received the best coach of the year award. Manjushah Kanwar  was honoured with the lifetime achievement award 

Annu Rani received the Breakthrough sports person of the year award while Mona Parthasarthi was named the best sports journalist of the year 

Freestyle wrestler Punia, who is currently training in the USA, expressed his delight at receiving the Award. “ Such recognitions motivate me to keep doing well, and it gives me huge joy.I would like to thank the jury and FICCI for having given me this recognition. My aim in the future will again be to give my best and win lots of medals for the country. ‘. 

 Elavenil Valarivan said, “it is a great honor for me to be receiving this award.. I  thank my family , mentor Gagan Narang and  coach Neha Chauhan for always believing in me. 

“Thanks to my  state Gujarat , the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for always supporting and pushing us through all our hard times, and also the Sports Authority of India for making sure that we are equipped with everything we need. ”

 Paralympic Committee of India and Wrestling Federation of India were declared best National Sports Federations

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, who was also the Chief Guest said, ” It is a great initiative by FICCI, especially during such difficult times of a pandemic. I’m sure that such awards and initiatives undertaken by FICCI will motivate the athletes. 

“Our Government in Jharkhand has also been emphasizing on improving and encouraging all the sports throughout the state, and we hope to see many athletes flourish.”

The FICCI India Sports Awards were selected by a jury headed by Mr. Mukul Mudgal. 

Updated 10 Dec 2020 11:52 am: Manjusha Kanwar honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

 Other  award winners are:

 Best State Promoting Sports

Madhya Pradesh  and  Assam

Best Organisation Contributing in Sports Through CSR

Tata Steel 

Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector)

Indian Airforce 

Best NGO Promoting Sports

Magic Bus India Foundation 

Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation 

Best Professional Services Company

Collage Design Pvt Ltd. 

Best Sports Startup –

SportzGrid Pvt Ltd. 

Best Educational Institute Promoting Sports University

Manav Rachna International Institute of Research & Studies 

Best Educational Institute Promoting Sports – School

The Sports School 



  1. Nice to see coverage of all awards except the one that i was honoured with – FICCI Life time achievement award 2020.
    Am Manjusha Kanwar- I received this award for my sports achievements: !0 times national champion ( 4 singles, 4 doubles & 2 mixed doubles title between 1991 upto 2000), playing member (singles & doubles) during CWG 1998- Team Bronze medal, represented India for 14 yrs, The SAF team Gold, individual Silver- was my last tournament before retiring and settling into job as sports coordinator in IOCL.


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