Boxing legend M. C. Mary Kom, javelin star Neeraj Chopra and Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC were among the winners of the first day of the Sportstar Aces Awards 2021 on Thursday.

With the Tokyo Games round the corner, six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom hailed the honour as a source of motivation. “This award is a big motivation for me and I hope I win the gold medal for India in the upcoming Olympics,” said the 38-year-old, who won the Sportswoman of the Decade (Individual Olympic Sports) award.

Deepa Malik, who won her second Sportstar Aces honour in three years for her achievements in para-sports, underlined the importance of such awards in her effort towards inclusivity for parathletes. “It was a journey that started to prove a point of ability beyond disability, but the fact that it would lead to this, it definitely makes my journey worth it…

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