Rani Rampal, Koneru Humpy, Manu Bhaker nominated for BBC ‘Indian Sportswoman of the Year’ honour

India hockey workforce skipper Rani Rampal will compete with chess ace Koneru Humpy and younger shooter Manu Bhaker for the BBC ‘Indian Sportswoman of the Year’ award after being nominated for the honour together with two others on Monday.

Vinesh Phogat, who’s the solely Indian girl wrestler to have certified for the Tokyo Olympics and the Asian Games 100m silver medallist Dutee Chand, who missed out on the inaugural award final yr, have been once more nominated by the 40-member jury panel.

The winner will probably be determined by public voting. The followers can vote for their favorite star on any of the six language platforms of the BBC.

The voting is open until February 24 and the winner will probably be introduced on March 8, the worldwide Women’s Day.

The organisers have launched a brand new class this yr — ‘Emerging Player of the Year’ and the winner of which will probably be determined by the jury as an alternative of voting.

Asked why a cricketer has not been nominated for the second straight yr, Rupa Jha, BBC Head of Indian Languages clarified that the nominees had been chosen by the jury, full of consultants and sports activities writers, and that they didn’t exclude any sport.

Athletics star PT Usha, who acquired the lifetime achievement award the final yr, lauded the BBC for the initiative. She additionally tipped India’s combined relay workforce to do nicely at the Tokyo Olympic Games however was candid in saying that medal will probably be troublesome to get.

“Getting a medal in athletics at Olympics is very tough. But slowly we have started doing well. In future, we will get a medal. Our mixed relay team did well at the World Athletics in 2019 by reaching the final. They finished seventh. There is a good chance of a good performance for it,” she mentioned.

“Javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra is expected to do well. PV Sindhu won a medal last time and she should get gold this year. (Boxer) Mary Kom should also do well,” she added.

The BBC additionally introduced that it’s going to host a ‘Sports Hackathon’ the place greater than 300 Wikipedia entries of 50 Indian sportswomen will probably be added. It has tied up with numerous journalism institutes in numerous states in the nation for the mentioned goal .

Para badminton participant Mansi Joshi mentioned such an initiative was required since not a lot info is on the market on many of nation’s ladies athletes.

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