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While volleyball international M. Naveen Raja Jacob received the Sportsman of the Year Award, squash star Joshna Chinappa was bestowed with the Sportswoman of the Year honour.

Simon Sundararaj, the last Indian to score a goal in Olympic football (Rome 1960), was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the GVSPL-TNSJA (Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists’ Association) awards function here on Thursday.

“My hearty thanks to TNSJA for the great honour. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the other award winners and wish them good luck,” said Sundararaj in his acceptance speech.

While volleyball international M. Naveen Raja Jacob received the Sportsman of the Year Award, squash star Joshna Chinappa was bestowed with the Sportswoman of the Year honour.

Among the three newly-instituted awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Journalist went to S. Thyagarajan, Associate Editor, The Hindu.

P. Sundaram, in-charge of the Tamil Nadu volleyball team which won the national championship earlier this year, was named the Coach of the Year.

The Tamil Nadu basketball team, which also bagged the national title, was named the Team of the Year. The Young Achiever Award went to rising stars Vr. Aravindh Chithambaram (chess) and Snehadevi Reddy (tennis).

India cricketer R. Ashwin, brand ambassador of GVSPL, graced the occasion.

T.N. Raghu, president, TNSJA, delivered the welcome address and K. Keerthivasan, secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.

Television host Sumanth C. Raman anchored the function.

Other GVSPL-TNSJA awards: Cash prize for excellence (Rs. 30,000 each): A. Aravind and S. Prasanna Venkatesh (basketball); P. Sudhakar and A. Raegan (football).

Scholarships winners (Rs. 30,000 each): P. Deepika and J. Hemasree (athletics); R. Prag Gnanandhaa (chess); M. Shahrukh Khan (cricket); S. Nikhil (table tennis); T. Sathyriyan (volleyball).

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