: Tennis legend Ramanathan Krishnan was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the GVSPL-TNSJA (Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists’ Association) awards function, here on Friday.
“I played my best tennis some 50 years ago. It’s very nice of the TNSJA to honour me. I am very much touched by your kind gesture and I feel young in the midst of so many young sportspersons here,” said Krishnan in his acceptance speech that was greeted with a resounding applause. He received the award from T. Saravanan, director and chief architect, AAD Architects.
India cricketer Murali Vijay was presented with the Sportsman of the Year award by R. Mohan, Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle . “It’s an honour and privilege to see some of the legends of our State here. I hope I continue to do well,” said Vijay, who also received the prestigious S.K. Gurunathan award from Nirmal Shekar, Sports Editor, The Hindu , and Editor, Sportstar.
M.D. Thirushkamini, India women’s cricketer, won the Sportswoman of the Year award. “As someone who studied journalism, I am overwhelmed to be honoured by the Journalists’ Association,” said Thirush, accepting the award from West Indies and Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Ravichandran Ashwin, brand ambassador of GVSPL, said he felt “emotionally connected” with the function. “I am a sports-lover and I know that a lot of other sports don’t get as much attention as cricket. But I am sure every sport will receive equal importance very soon and India will go on to do well in the Olympics.”
The Young Achiever award went to rising stars Ramkumar Ramanathan (tennis) and R. Vaishali (chess).
India cricketer S. Badrinath was present on the occasion as well. T.N. Raghu, president, TNSJA, delivered the welcome address and K. Keerthivasan, secretary, proposed a vote of thanks. Television host Sumanth Raman anchored the function.
List of GVSPL-TNSJA scholarships winners 2013 (Each scholarship is worth Rs. 25,000) : Rochelle Maria Macfarlane (athletics), K. Jagan (bike-racing), Karthikeyan Murali (chess), Daryl Ferrario (cricket), S. Karthick (football), P. Naveen Kumar (hockey), Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan (sailing), A.V. Jayaveena (swimming), T. Reeth Rishya (table tennis), and R. Vignesh (volleyball).