AIFF Player of Year Current Affairs - 2020

IM Vijayan recommended for Padmashri

The All India Football Federation recently recommended the former Indian Captain IM Vijayan for the fourth highest civilian award in India, the Padmashri.

Highlights

IM Vijayan has scored 40 goals in over 79 matches. He won the Arjuna award in 2003. Also, in 1993, 1997 and in 1999 he was awarded the best Indian “Player of the year”.

Padmashri

PAdmashri is the fourth highest civilian award in India. The other three highest civilian awards include Bharat Ratna, PAdma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. The awards are presented by the President of India during Republic Day celebrations of the country.

Padma Awards

The Padma Awards are being awarded to the citizens since 1954. The awards are being presented under the categories such as medicine, education, sports, literature, industry, public affairs, social service.

As of 2020, around 3,123 people have received the award.

AIFF Awards: Ashalata Devi and Sunil Chhetri bag top honours

Indian men’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri and women’s footballer Ashalata Devi have bagged top honours at All India Football Federation (AIFF) 2018-19 awards. Chhetri was named as Men’s footballer of the year, while Ashalata Devi won the Women’s footballer of the year title.

Key Highlights

Sunil Chhetri: He is Indian captain and skipper, who scored a brace in India’s loss to Tajikistan in opening match of Intercontinental Cup 2019. He won AIFF award for 3rd consecutive year and for a record-extending 6th time (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017). With 70 goals for India, he is also the 2nd-highest active international scorer only behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. He currently plays for Bengaluru FC in Indian Super League (ISL).

Other Awardees are as follows:

AIFF Emerging Men’s Footballer of Year 2018-19: Sahal Abdul Samad (from Kerala)

AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of Year 2018-19: Dangmei Grace (from Manipur)

AIFF Award for Best Referee: R Venkatesh (from Tamil Nadu)

AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee: Joseph Tony (from Karnatak)a

Best Grassroots Development Programme: Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Football Association

About AIFF Awards

AIFF Player of Year has been awarded by All India Football Federation since 1992.

It is an annual association football award presented to best footballer in India.

AIFF is governing body of football association in India sicne its inception in 1937. It was one of founding members of Asian Football Confederation, which is overseer of football in Asia.