The highly prestigious national award Champions of Change Award 2021 was organized on 26 February 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Former Hon’ble President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Sh. Ram Nath Kovind conferred the awardees with Gold medal and certificates.
The dignitaries who were awarded were Union Minister, Revolutionary Dr Lakshmi Sehgal, Legendary author Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Pt Chhannulal Misra, Sub Major Sanjay Kumar, Former PS to Hon'ble PM of India Sh Nripendra Misra, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Sh Anuj Wahi, Dr Sundeep Aanand, Former Union Minister Ashok Pradhan, Founder of MeghaShrey NGO Seema Singh, Film Actress Juhi Chawla, Indian actor R Madhavan, Astrologer Sohini Sastri, Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan, Dhyara Batra, and Sh Debashish Patnaik.
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra received the awards at the hands of Hon'ble Former by Sh Ram Nath Kovind Ji.
Shri Abhinav Bindra, the first and only Indian individual Olympic Gold Medallist in shooting, has been a role model for countless young sports enthusiasts across India. His journey from being a young shooter to the pinnacle of the Olympic podium has been nothing short of inspiring.
Abhinav Bindra's remarkable achievement at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won the gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle event, has earned him recognition as one of India's most celebrated sports stars. He has consistently demonstrated his commitment to excellence and dedication to his craft, setting an example for aspiring athletes across the country.
His relentless pursuit of perfection and his ability to maintain his composure even under immense pressure has been a source of inspiration for millions of young Indians. His exceptional achievements in the world of sports have made him a role model for not just aspiring athletes, but for all Indians who believe in the power of hard work and perseverance.
Shri Abhinav Bindra's legacy as a true champion and a sports icon will continue to inspire future generations of athletes in India. His unwavering dedication to his sport and his country has set the bar high for all aspiring sports stars and has left an indelible mark on the history of Indian sports.
In recognition of his remarkable contributions to Indian sports, Abhinav Bindra is being accorded with the Champions of Change Award, 2021. This award is a testament to his outstanding achievements and his ability to inspire a generation of young Indians to pursue their dreams and make a name for themselves on the world stage.
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development in Aspirational (undeveloped) districts in India, selected by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC along with former judges of the Supreme Court of India, diplomats and senior journalists.
Interactive Forum on Indian Economy annually organizes Champions of Change Award at International, National and state-Level in India and it is usually presented by the President, Vice-President, Governor or the constitutional persons of India. From this year onwards, this award will be organized internationally at Washington DC, USA by the name of ‘Global Champion of Change’. Advocate Nandan Jha is the founder and Chairman of Champions of Change Award.