Sushil Kumar bags top honours at FICCI awards

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.

Last updated on Thursday, 14 February, 2013 22:14 IST
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New Delhi: Star wrestler Sushil Kumar bagged the best sportperson award while shooter Vijay Kumar was adjudged the best breakthrough sportsperson of the year at the 'Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry' Sports Awards night,in New Delhi on Thursday.

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.

"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.

Story first published on: Thursday, 14 February 2013 22:10 IST

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