The shortlist covers ten categories which include the British Asian Sports Personality of the Year and Most Up and Coming Sports Personality of the Year.
The British Asian Sports Awards is a unique event that offers a fantastic platform to showcase across the globe the immense sporting talent that exists within the Asian community in the UK. Voted by the public, these awards are held in high esteem within the Asian community and the sports fraternity alike and act as a key means to promote up and coming as well as established Asian sporting heroes.
This is an amazing opportunity for the Asian public to vote for their favourite nominees and public voting closes on Friday 20th February at midnight. Casting the vote is another step in recognising and supporting the amazing in-roads that British Asians have made in the sporting world.
Previous winner, British sporting icon and poster boy for aspiring British Asian sports people, Amir Khan the Commonwealth Lightweight Boxing Champion describes his experience, “It’s an honour to be part of such a worthwhile cause, one that encourages our young talent to come forward and be recognised. It’s a stepping stone to motivate and inspire those who would like to take their sport to the next level. It was a privilege to be a winner last year and there is no doubt that it was the support from the British Asian community and my family that was crucial to my success. Now, as a British Asian Sports Awards ambassador, I feel it’s my chance to give a little of that support and encouragement back to the community.”
The distinguished panel of judges have whittled the hundreds of entries down to the final three in each category and it’s now up to the British public to decide the winners.
BBC Sports editor and BASA judge, Mihir Bose, sees a bright future for British Asian sporting talent, “The awards are a great celebration of British Asian sporting talent of all ages, I feel honoured to have been on the judging panel. This year the standard of talent has been extremely high and I hope the event further inspires others to pursue a career in sport and ensure that we nurture the next generation of sportsmen and women and have solid British-Asian representation at the Olympics.”
Ex-English cricketer and BASA ambassador Mark Ramprakash says of BASA “In my second year as an ambassador for BASA, I am delighted to see the scope and range of sport that our youth are taking part in. Initiatives like the BASAs show the community that we don’t all have to excel in traditional professions but that we can also make our mark in the sporting world. It’s another step in the right direction for British Asian sporting talent.”
Tracy Edwards (MBE) the skipper of the first all female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and one of the BASA judges said: “My recent work with children has made me realise that sport is not something that should just be in the curriculum; instead it should be ingrained in the minds of British youth. The current British Asian sporting potential in the UK begs for recognition and in this respect BASA has my full respect and support.”
The awards attract a range of sporting heroes and past attendees have included Spurs footballer Jermain Defoe, England batsman Kevin Pieterson and Indian cricket star Kapil Dev. Former England footballer Sir Trevor Brooking, rugby brothers Henry & Robbie Paul, IBF title winning boxer Amir Khan, ex-England cricket captain Nasser Hussain and squash icon Jahangir Khan as well as top international artists. This year’s amazing line up includes some fabulous acts from Kunal Ganjawala, Mutya Buena, Shola Ama, Lemar, Escala and Soul II Soul. The event shall be telecast globally by Sony Entertainment Television Asia.
Public voting opens on 1st February 2009 and voting details are available online at www.basauk.tv Casting the vote is another step in recognising and supporting the amazing in-roads that British Asians have made in the sporting world.