New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Beijing Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh was on Thursday adjudged the Sportsperson of the Year by the Delhi Sports Journalists Association (DSJA), which celebrated its annual awards function here.

Veteran wrestling coach Mahabali Satpal was given the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to the sport.

Junior Indian hockey team coach Harendra Singh was presented the Coach of the Year award for guiding the country to a World Cup win after 15 years.

Promising cricketer Rishabh Pant was given the Emerging Player of the Year award for his exploits in the domestic circuit this season.

The website of the sports journalist body “” was also launched at the event.

Many former journalists were awarded for their contribution in the field of sports, namely Harpal Singh Bedi, Roshan Sethi, Veturi Srivatsa, Kewal Kaushik, K.Datta, Jagannath Rao, K.P. Mohan, S. Santana, Ashutosh Rai, Manoj Chaturvedi, Kuldip Lal, Arun Jain, Kuldip Rathore and Suresh Kaushik.

DSJA President Chander Shekhar Luthra, in his address, said that the organisation has also agreed to go by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee’s recommendations, which it will implement in the next elections due in the next couple of months.

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

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