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Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain among 5 nominees for BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award

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Guwahati: Tokyo silver winner weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Olympic medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain has been nominated for the third edition of BBC Indian Sportswoman (ISWOTY) of the Year Award. The winner will be announced through voting which will remain open till February 28.

The awards ceremony will also honour a legendary sportswoman with the BBC Lifetime Achievement award, and a young female player will be named as the BBC Emerging Player of the Year.

Besides Lovlina and Mirabai, two-time Olympic medalist badminton star PV Sindhu,  star golfer Aditi Ashok, multiple medal winner at Tokyo Paralympics in shooting Avani Lekhara, were the other three nominees, shortlisted by an distinguished jury of sports journalists, experts and sports writers.

The online voting for the award which started on February 8 will remain open until February 28 and the winner will be revealed on March 28 at an awards ceremony in Delhi.

The awards ceremony will also honour a legendary sportswoman with the BBC Lifetime Achievement award, and a young female player will be named as the BBC Emerging Player of the Year.

The nominees gave the following reaction on getting shortlisted:

1. Lovlina Borgohain said: “We should never think that we can’t do something because we are women or girls. We women can do everything, we are all equal.”

2. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu said: “I’ve heard people say girls can’t lift heavy weights and that it damages women’s body. But that’s not true, nothing has happened to me.”

3. Aditi Ashok said: “I am grateful and thankful because this was a good year for me, and I had some great performances. I am happy that golf is becoming more popular in India.”

4. Avani Lekhara said: “I am really happy that all the hard work that I have done over the last six years is getting recognised. My long-term goal is to win gold at the 2024 Paralympics.”

5. PV Sindu said: “Success doesn’t come easy, it’s not just few months of hard work, but years of hard work. Every day is a process, that’s how you come up to a certain level.

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