Tuesday 21 August 2007

Shiv Chhatrapati award for nine city sportspersons

B D Narayankar

bapun@sakalherald.com

PUNE:
After a delay of two-and-half months, the state government announced the list of Shiv Chhatrapati sports award for 2005-2006. Of the 37 sportspersons from Maharashtra, nine from the city have been selected for Shiv Chhatrapati awards here on Saturday.

Nine sportspersons from city are Sumant Dattaraya Vaikar (sports organiser), Manisha Sudhir Ghate (sports organiser), Vrushali Vishnu Gaikwad (cycling), Krutika Nadig (chess) Sumati Ramanna Pujari (kabbadi), Amruta Subhash Parashar (rowing), Aarti Bajrang Ghorpade (water sports), Asmita Raju Karnik (waterpolo) and Aditya Santosh Raut (water sports)

Speaking to mediapersons, Maharashtra sports director Laxmikant Deshmukh said, for the first time in Maharashtra history, the state government had bestowed Lifetime Achievement and Jijamata Sports awards on sports personalities who had done yeomen’s service to sports.

While Narahari Venkatesh Padsalgikar of Sangli and Joginder Singh Bedi of Nagpur would be honoured with Lifetime Achievement award, Manisha Sudhir Ghate of Pune would receive Jijamata award for best woman sports organiser, Deshmukh said.

The lifetime awardees would receive Rs 1 lakh cash prize, a shawl and a certificate and sports awardees would get Rs 50,000, a certificate and a shawl, Deshmukh said. “Aditya Raut is the youngest awardee,” he added.

The awards would be distributed at a grand function to be held at Latur, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s constituency, on August 29.

Other awardees are: Ulhas Nandurkar (Yavatmal), Sanjay Bodare (Satara), Rajalaxmi Shaubhavat (Mumbai), Sanjay Kadu (Raigad), Narayan Shankar Khadke (Jalgaon), Sambhaji Patil (Kolhapur), Jagadish Vairagade (Nagpur), Ramesh Varati (Yavatmal), Puvar Ghate (Nagpur), Sampada Jayant Dhopatkat (Benchpress, Ratnagiri), Rajesh Bhagwan Jadhav (Bodybuilding, Thane), Prasad Gaikwad (Cycling, Satara), Aditya Joshi (Gymnastics, Aurangabad), Sharvari Kulkarni (Gymnastics, Aurangabad), Nirmala Bhoi (Nashik), Lata Panchaal (both Kabbadi, Thane), Sudhir Mhaske (Kho-Kho, Mumbai), Bhagyashree Phadtare (Kho-Kho, Satara), Baalu Rakh (Rowing, Beed), Tejeshwini Sawant (Kolhapur), Aruna Deshmukh (Shootingball, Buldhana), Yogita Valunj (Watersports, Mumbai), Manasi Arun Bhagwat (Table Tennis, Mumbai) and Suman Jagtap (Track and Field, Solapur).

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