VIRAT KOHLI AND SANJIV GOENKA LAUNCH THE RP-SG INDIAN
Chennai, September 2017: The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours is dedicated to rewarding
excellence in the field of sports. These Sports Awards will also help identify and support athletes
with potential and award them scholarships. Virat Kohli and Sanjiv Goenka have jointly
partnered to create this platform to honour exceptional performances, in line with their vision to
support the development of Indian Sports. These Awards are special as Sports Journalists,
Sporting Legends and the Fans will be coming together to reward their heroes.
“India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The days of being a one-sport country are
behind us. The time is just right to introduce an institution that will recognise and reward our top
sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those who are expected to do the country proud in the
years to come,” Virat Kohli, India’s cricket captain, said at the launch of the RP-SG Indian
Sports Honours, in a media conference held at the Taj Mansingh, New Delhi, earlier today. This
annual celebration of Indian Sport has been conceptualised and will be executed by Cornerstone
Sport, a Mumbai based Sports marketing agency.
Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-SG Group, said, “What makes the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours
unique is the direct involvement of the premier stakeholders of Indian Sport – the sportspersons
themselves, legends who have excelled at the highest level, the fans and the sports media. Apart
from the recipients who will be shortlisted and decided by the SJFI and Advisory Council
respectively, there will be ‘Popular Choice’ awards whose winners will be picked directly by the
In one of the key segments of the awards ceremony, promising Indian athletes with the potential
to excel in global events of the near future will be awarded scholarships by the Virat Kohli
Foundation (VKF) in association with the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. Scholarships will also be
awarded to individuals who have undertaken exceptional initiatives to promote sports at the
grassroot level. The VKF has pledged a minimum of Rs. 2 crores to be utilised every year on the
beneficiaries of the scholarships. The shortlisted athletes / initiatives will be tracked through the
year and their progress monitored.
Being the chief patron of this initiative, Virat has ruled himself out of contention for the awards
that will be presented at the inaugural RP-SG Indian Sports Honours Ceremony, to be held in
Mumbai on Saturday, 11 November 2017. The ceremony will be a black-tie, red-carpet event,
with members of India’s sporting fraternity and fans in attendance.
Star India Pvt Ltd will be the Official Broadcaster of the event. Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star
India, said, “At Star Sports, our endeavour is to create and develop a multi-sport culture in the
country by celebrating, recognising and rewarding talent across the field. Our commitment as
the official broadcaster of the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours is a resolute step towards realising
this vision. These Awards offer Indian sports achievers a distinctive platform to highlight their
accomplishments, which may otherwise go unnoticed. In this journey, we are proud to have a
partner like cricket icon Virat Kohli, who embodies the true spirit of Indian
The Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) will be an integral part of the process through
which the winners will be selected. SJFI members are presently researching performances and
collating the information that will help in first shortlisting the nominees, and then selecting the
winners in each of the categories. Performances by Indian athletes in four team sports and
twenty individual sports from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017 will be in contention for the
“The Sports Journalists’ Federation of India (SJFI) is pleased to be associated with the RP-SG
Indian Sports Honours. India’s sportspersons have begun to receive encouragement and support
in a big way and recent results in many sports disciplines have been heart-warming. The RP-SG
Indian Sports Honours, I am sure, will encourage sports in India and go a long way in producing
world-beaters in several disciplines in the future,” A. Vinod, Secretary, SJFI, said.
Launched in 2013, the Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) is the charitable organization of Virat
Kohli, India’s cricket captain and premier sports youth icon. The VKF is an initiative through
which Virat aims to assist deserving and underprivileged sections of society.
ABOUT CORNERSTONE SPORT:
Cornerstone Sport is a Sports Marketing, Brand Consulting and Talent Management Agency
based out of Mumbai, established by Mr. Bunty Sajdeh (CEO) in 2008. Cornerstone exclusively
represents athletes such as Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Shreyas
Iyer, Mayank Dagar, Manan Vohra in cricket, India National team footballer Sunil Chhetri,
Miihier Singh (India’s first Men’s physique athlete), Jehan Daruvala, India’s next big hope in
Formula Racing and Deepa Malik.
ABOUT THE RP-SG GROUP
The RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group is a conglomerate with interests across diverse business sectors –
Power & Natural Resources, Carbon Black, IT & Education, Infrastructure, Retail, Media,
Entertainment & Sports. With assets of INR 40,355 Cr and employee strength of more than
45,000, the Group is headquartered in Kolkata. Its flagship company is the 118 year-old power
utility, CESC, with more than 3 million customers. Mr Sanjiv Goenka is the Chairman of the
Group which has more than 3,00,000 shareholders.