Viswanathan Anand chosen IOTY 2012 in sports category
Chess legend Viswanathan Anand was chosen for the title for defending his title for the third year in a row.
New Delhi: Chess legend Viswanathan Anand was on Wednesday chosen as the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012 in sports category for defending his title for the third year in a row.
The other nominees in the category were - billiards ace Pankaj Advani for claiming eight world titles at an age of just 267 years, shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning India's first Olympic medal in badminton and four titles on the circuit that saw her regain her no 3 world ranking, wrestler Sushil Kumar Shinde for becoming the first Indian individual athlete to win back-to-back medals at the Olympic, shooter Vijay Kumar for decimating some big names on his way to winning a silver at the London Olympics and cricketer Virat Kohli for cementing his status as the next big name in Indian cricket.
Anand was also awarded the title of the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012. This was the seventh edition of the Indian of the Year awards, one of the biggest and most credible awards in Indian media that recognises Indians' contribution to the country.