Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has won the 2022 BBC Indian Sportswoman Of The Year award after a public vote. Chanu becomes the first athlete to win the award twice in a row after winning it for the year 2021.
She became the first Indian weightlifter to earn a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and in 2022, she won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. At the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships, she took home a silver medal.
Joining the award ceremony through a live link Chanu thanked everyone who supported her. She said, “I am really excited and want to say that I will be working even harder for the forthcoming games and win more medals for India.”
BBC Para Sportswoman of the Year, a category introduced for the first time went to Bhavina Patel. The para table tennis player won a silver medal at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, becoming the first Indian table tennis player to achieve this feat.
Pritam Siwach, a former captain of the Indian women's hockey team, received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Indian sport and for motivating a number of players.
Boxer Nitu Ghanghas was chosen as the BBC Emerging Player of the Year. She is a two-time youth world champion and Commonwealth Games medalist.
Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki, and Nayanmoni Saikia received the BBC Changemaker of the Year Award for their victory in the women's lawn bowls team competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which was India's first-ever medal in the discipline. The 95-year-old Bhagwani Devi and 106-year-old Rambai were jointly awarded the special trophy for their achievements.