Indian captain Virat Kohli postponed the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, as a “token of respect” to the CRPF troopers who were martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
It was on Thursday that at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were martyred in a dastardly terror attack while several others were severely injured as they are battling for their lives, in what is termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in last three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
FYI, Indian Sports Honours was established by Virat Kohli Foundation and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. “The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow,” Kohli wrote on his twitter handle Friday night.
The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019
The sporting fraternity, including Kohli, had joined the country in condemning the dastardly attack. The run-machine annually rewards ‘excellence in sports’ and nurtures best athletes through his foundation.
“The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours that was supposed to happen tomorrow night has been postponed by Virat as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred at Pulwama by a tragic terror attack,” the foundation added in a statement.
“The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sportstars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with(,) stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans.”