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TOISA 2018: Sports fraternity comes together to honour the best in India

The third edition of TOISA attracted the presence of distinguished personalities encompassing the fields of sports, business, and media. Tennis legend, former world No. 1 and coach for Roger Federer — Stefan Edberg — graced the event as the mentor

TOISA 2018: Sports fraternity comes together to honour the best in India
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The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) — India’s largest popular choice sports awards in the country since 2014 — recently held its third edition. Keeping in line with its aim of promoting sports through appreciation and engagement, the third edition of TOISA attracted the presence of distinguished personalities encompassing the fields of sports, business, and media. Tennis legend, former world No. 1 and coach for Roger Federer — Stefan Edberg — graced the event as the mentor.

World’s third-seeded badminton player and the only Indian to win four Super Series titles, Kidambi Srikanth was named the Sportsperson of the Year, while the iconic and acclaimed Pullela Gopichand was named the Mentor of the Year. 



As a scintillating testament to their capabilities, the Indian women’s cricket team’s fantastic performance saw them become the runners-up at the latest edition of the ICC World Cup. In a land where the two genders are often differentiated and face impertinent bias, the team’s dedicated efforts saw them win the TOISA Inspiration of the Year award. Other awardees include - Vijender Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Anish Bhanwala, Gaurav Bidhuri and others.

TOISA’s aim of promoting equality of representation in sports is made apparent by the structure of the awards wherein top performers across diverse sports categories are awarded. The adjudication also segmented in a two-tiered echelon- one being jury centric and the other being solely based on a 30-day period voting.

The TOISA also awards noticeable institutions or personalities who contribute to the world of sports. While Neeta Ambani was named the corporate supporter of the year, Abhishek Bachchan was named the best Promoter of Sports Franchisee of the Year.

The valedictory night and prize distribution ceremony witnessed celestial performances from artists and talents across the entertainment sector. The night also witnessed the presence of celebrities like - Gautam Gambhir, Neeta Ambani, Anu Malik, Meet bros and others.



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Here's The Complete List of Winners


TEAM OF THE YEAR: Indian men's hockey team

COACH OF THE YEAR: 
Anil Kumble

MENTOR OF THE YEAR: 
Pullela Gopichand

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR: 
Indian women's cricket team

EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anish Bhanwala

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: 
Vijay Amritraj

CHANGE AGENT: 
Madhya Pradesh

PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: 
Varun Bhati

ARCHER OF THE YEAR: 
Abhishek Verma

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: 
G Lakshmanan

BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): 
Kidambi Srikanth & PV Sindhu

BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 
Amjyot Singh Gill

BILLIARDS/SNOOKER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 
Pankaj Advani

MAHINDRA SCORPIO BOXER OF THE YEAR: 
Gaurav Bidhuri

CHESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
 Harika Dronavalli

CRICKETER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): 
Jasprit Bumrah & Harmanpreet Kaur

FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

GOLFER OF THE YEAR: 
Ajeetesh Sandhu

HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): 
Harmanpreet Singh & Savita Punia

KABADDI PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 
Pardeep Narwal

SHOOTER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): 
Ankur Mittal & Heena Sidhu

SQUASH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Saurav Ghosal

TABLE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sathiyan Gnansekaran


TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rohan Bopanna


WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Bajrang Punia
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