Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian woman to qualify for gymnastics in the Olympics, will be awarded by the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club (CSJC) as part of its diamond jubilee celebrations for her contribution to the sport.
Her coach Bisheswar Nandi will also be awarded at the event scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
Ace paddler Mouma Das, who made it to her second Olympics, too will receive an award for her achievements alongside table tennis star Soumyajit Ghosh who too has qualified for Rio.
East Bengal’s star striker Ranti Martins, who won the golden boot for the highest scorer in the recent I-League, will be feted for his contribution to football in India.
Badminton star Saina Nehwal was chosen Best Indian Sportsperson by the CSJC’s members for her stellar run in 2015 during which she also became the World No.1 singles player.
Tennis legend Jaidip Mukerjea, hockey Olympic gold medallist Bir Bahadur Chhetri and reputed powerlifter and weightlifter Sumita Laha will be the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement awards.
The award winners are:
Lifetime Achievement: Jaidip Mukerjea (tennis), Bir Bahadur Chhetri (hockey) and Sumita Laha (weightlifting and powerlifting).
Outstanding contribution to gymnastics: Bishweshwar Nandi
Unparalled contribution in gymnastics: Dipa Karmakar
Outstanding contribution to Indian football: Ranti Martins
Best Sportsperson of the Country: Saina Nehwal (badminton)
Best Junior Sportsperson of the Country: Mitrabha Guha (chess)
State awards (Best Player):
Athletics (male): Sashi Bhusan Singh
Athletics (female): Lily Das
Basketball: Sagar Joshi
Badminton: Uthsava Palit
Chess: Diptayan Ghosh
Cricket: Sudip Chatterjee
Football: Debjit Majumdar
Football: Sony Norde (foreigner)
Kabaddi: Rajesh Mondal
Shooting: Kuheli Gangulee
Swimming: Sayani Ghosh
Table Tennis (women): Mouma Das
Table Tennis (men): Soumyajit Ghosh
Volleyball: Kamalika Debnath