Finally after 28years, Indian Cricket Team got back the world cup to our land. They executed all the plans and played well as a group. We worship them, pray for them and are crazy about them. Besides them there are people in our country who have made our nation proud on many occasions.
They are never given the same promotion, same respect and same consideration what they actually deserve. I call them the “Unsung Heroes” of our nation. These sportsmen and women are not from Team Games. They proved themselves on international grounds on their individual performance. Breaking them in 3 editions, here goes my 1st edition of the Unsung Heroes. Let’s Salute them and remember their contribution towards our nation and world.
He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov. As the reigning champion, he will face the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012.
Anand is one of six players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became the world number-one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996. Anand officially regained the world number one ranking on November 1, 2010, after having defeated the reigning world #1 Magnus Carlsen in the Bilbao Masters.
Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1987. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history.
Anand has been described by Lubomir Kavalek as the most versatile world champion ever, since Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats including Knockout, Tournament, Match, Rapid and Blitz.
Some of the Awards (national and international) received by Anand:
- Arjuna award for Outstanding Indian Sportsman in Chess in 1985
- Padma Shri, National Citizens Award and Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1987
- The inaugural Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting honour in the year 1991–1992.
- British Chess Federation ’Book of the Year’ Award in 1998 for his book My Best Games of Chess
- Padma Bhushan in 2000
- Jameo de Oro the highest honor given by the Government of Lanzarote in Spain on 25 April 2001. The award is given to illustrious personalities with extraordinary achievements.
- Chess Oscar (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008)
- Sportstar Millennium Award in 1998, from India’s premier Sports magazine for being the sport person of the millennium
- Padma Vibhushan in 2007
- ‘Global Strategist Award’ for mastering many formats of World Chess Championships by NASSCOM in 2011.
He is now retired but he was one of the most renowned name in the history of Billiards: Michael Ferreira (born October 1, 1938 in Mumbai) nicknamed “the Bombay Tiger”, is notable amateur player of English billiards and a three-time Amateur World Champion. He participated in the Indian National Billiards Championship in 1960 for the first time, and in 1964 represented India in the World Amateur Billiards Championship (WABC) held in New Zealand, where he progressed to the semi-finals. In 1977, he won his first World Amateur Billiards Champion title and followed it up with the World Open Billiards Champion title in the same year. He has two more WABC titles under his belt. In 1978 he became the first amateur to break the barrier of 1,000 points, in the billiards national championships, and created a new amateur world record by scoring 1,149 points.
Awards and Accolades of Michael Ferreira:
- Padma Shri award in 1981, after he had won his second world amateur title. But he refused to accept this and contended that as cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was offered the more prestigious Padma Bhushan award, he too should be awarded the same.
- He is the first billiards player to be awarded with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India, which was conferred on him after he won his third world amateur billiards title in 1983.
- He is also the recipient of the Maharashtra state government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award (1971), the Arjuna Award (1973) and the International Fair Play Committee’s Letter of Congratulations (1983).
- He received the Dronacharya Award in 2001 for his coaching achievements in billiards and snooker.
Sushil Kumar (born May 26, 1983) is an World Champion wrestler who won the gold medal in the 66 kg freestyle competition at the FILA 2010 World Wrestling Championships and a bronze medal in the Men’s 66kg Freestyle Wrestling event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kumar defeated Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan in the repechage round to win the bronze. This was also the second medal for India in wrestling, and the first since K D Jadhav’s bronze medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. On July 2009, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna - India’s highest honor for sportspersons. On 3 October 2010, Sushil Kumar was the final baton bearer who handed the Queen’s Baton to Prince Charles in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
Medal Record of Sushil Kumar
|Bronze||2008 Beijing||66 kg|
|Gold||2010 Moscow||66 kg|
|Gold||2003 London||60 kg|
|Gold||2005 Cape Town||66 kg|
|Gold||2007 London||66 kg|
|Gold||2009 jalander||66 kg|
|Gold||2010 Delhi||66 kg|
|Gold||2010 New Delhi||66 kg|
|Bronze||2003 New Delhi||60 kg |
(( MedalGold|2007 Kyrgistan 2007. | 66 kg}}
|Bronze||2008 Jeju Island||66 kg|
To be Continued…….