Indian Sports Honours Postponed in Light of Pulwama Attacks
Virat Kohli, whose foundation introduced the ISH Awards, announced its indefinite postponement on Twitter on Friday.
The Indian Sports Honours 2019 have been postponed indefinitely as the country recovers from a terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 defense personnel in Pulwama, national cricket team captain Virat Kohli confirmed on Friday, 15 February.
Conceptualised and introduced by the Virat Kohli Foundation along with the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, the second edition of the annual award function honouring stars of Indian sport was scheduled to be held in Mumbai on Saturday, 16 February.
But with the ghastly attack – the deadliest in Jammu and Kashmir in 30 years – martyring 40 CRPF jawans on Thursday, 14 February, the organisers have deemed it incorrect to be hosting the ceremony at an hour of collective grief.
“At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow [Saturday],” Kohli tweeted late on Friday evening.
It remains unclear when the ceremony will now be held.
The postponement comes a day after Kohli was slammed on Twitter for posts promoting the award function on the same day as the Pulwama attacks – posts which were subsequently deleted, and followed by the Indian captain’s message of condolence for the martyred soldiers.
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