India is a sports-loving country. Earlier only Cricket was celebrated in our country but with passing time, the awareness of other sports such as Badminton and Football is increasing. All thanks to players like Lakshya Sen, PV Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri for excelling in respective sports and making people aware of them.
Team India's captain Sunil Chhetri was named by the All India Football Federation as its Player of the Year on Sunday.
The AIFF said in a statement that Chhetri had been declared the 2017 Player of the Year while Kamala Devi bagged the 2017 AIFF Woman Player of the Year. It further stated that 20-year-old Chennaiyin FC midfielder Anirudh Thapa had been declared the AIFF Emerging Footballer of the Year while goalkeeper E Panthoi had won the Woman Emerging Footballer of the Year.
Sunil reached the final of the 2017/18 Indian Super League and went on to win the Super Cup that was held subsequently. He was also an integral part of Stephen Constantine's Indian squad that went on to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. Sunil Chhetri also became only the second player after Bhaichung Bhutia to cross 100 international appearances for India during the tournament.
The full list of the 2017 Awards are as follows:
2017 AIFF Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri
2017 AIFF Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: Kerala FA
2017 AIFF Award for long-time contribution to Indian Football: Hero Motocorp
2017 AIFF Award for Best Assistant Referee: Sumanta Datta (Assam)
2017 AIFF Award for Best Referee: CR Srikrishna.
2017 AIFF Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year: E Panthoi
2017 AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: Anirudh Thapa.
2017 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year: Kamala Devi.
We wish all the winners congratulations. Stay tuned to Laughing Colours for the latest sports news and updates.