Indian Football legend Baichung Bhutia has been awarded the Indian Achievers Award for the year 2019. Bhaichung is the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena. He is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football.
Three-time Indian Player of the Year, his international footballing honors include winning the Nehru Cup, LG Cup, SAFF Championship three times, and the AFC Challenge Cup. He is India’s second most capped player, with 82 international caps to his name. He is also India’s second youngest international goal scorer after Jerry Zirsanga when he scored his first goal against Uzbekistan in the 1995 Nehru cup at the age of 18 years 90 days. He has also won many awards, including the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.
In October 2010, he founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi in partnership with football by Carlos Queiroz and Nike. In August 2011, Bhutia announced his retirement from international football. His farewell match was with the India national team on 10 January 2012 against Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi. In 2008, Bhutia was soliblockquoted to run with the Olympic torch in India, but he refused to carry the torch to show support for the Tibetan independence movement. He was the first Indian sportsman to refuse to carry the Olympic torch.
Indian Achievers Award is a prestigious Indian National Award for acknowledging and recognizing the efforts and dedication of citizens who come forward to serve the nation in various domains like Healthcare, Education, Entrepreneurship, Social Activism and Unity.
These awards are organized by Power Corridors, which is a monthly national news magazine. These awards are annually organized and are presented by a leading political figure like Union Minister for Health, Union Minister for Education, Union Minister for Defense or any of the Union Minsters from Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
The first edition of INDIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD was organized in 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi with the then Hon’ble Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal as Chief Guest and the ceremony included other distinguished guests like Swami AvdheshanandGiriji (Junapeethadhishwar Acharya Mahamandaleshwar), Justice K. G. Balakrishnan (Former Chief Justice of India & Former Chairman NHRC India), Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Former Supreme Court Jugde of India), Murli Manohar Joshi (Former Union Minister for HRD), Hemant Soren (CM of Jharkhand), Anurag Thakur (Union Minister for Broadcasting and Information and Youth Affairs & Sports), Shilpa Shetty Kundra (Indian Film Actress) and many more.
The coverage of Indian Achievers Award is done on Cover Page of Power Corridors Magazine, which has been previously launched by Hon’ble Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2020 with other dignitaries including Swami Avdheshanand Giriji Maharaj, Former Chief Justice of India Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Supreme Court Judge Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur, Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Hemant Soren, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Manish Sisodia and Celebrities from Indian Film Industries like Shri Suresh Oberoi and Smt. Shilpa Shetty.