Ficci chooses Sushil as best sportsperson of the year



Ficci chooses Sushil as best sportsperson of the yearNew Delhi: Star wrestler Sushil Kumar today bagged the best sportsperson award while shooter Vijay Kumar was adjudged the best breakthrough sportsperson of the year at the FICCI Sports Awards night, here.

Another wrestler to win an award was London Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the comeback year honour.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) bagged the best Sports Federation award.


The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) bagged the best Sports Federation award.

"This award will inspire me to do more and better for the country," Sushil said after receiving the award.

Sushil had created history by becoming the first Indian to win back-to-back Olympic medals. He won a bronze and 2008 Beijing Games and a silver at London Games last year.

He had won the Padma Shri in 2011 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009.

The 27-year-old Vijay had won a silver medal in 25m rapid fire pistol shooting even at the London Games.

Vijay Kumar hails from Barsar village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is presently a serving Subedar Major in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army.

He has been posted at Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) Mhow since 2003 where he is being coached by the Russian Pavel Smirnov.

PTI