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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Viswanathan Anand 16th on Sportskeeda List of 50 Most Influential Sports Personalities of India

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Sunday, September 29, 2013
World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has been ranked 16th on the Sportskeeda List of India’s 50 most influential sports personalities. The list included a cumulative score including a Power Rank and an Inspiration Rank. Anand was 10th in the Inspiration Rank List and 31st in the Power Rank list. 

Sportskeeda is the largest All Sports website in Asia, covering news and opinions about over 50 sports. It has a footprint of over 2.5 million readers every month, with a vision to be the largest online Sports Community. It boasts of some of the best Sports writers in the world, while unearthing their worthy successors from its fan base everyday through crowd-sourcing.

The judges' panel stated: Who are the movers and shakers of Indian sports? Compiling a list of the 50 most influential sports personalities in India is a task that is as difficult as it is divisive. Which is why Sportskeeda left it to the experts to decide.

The sports personalities in the country were evaluated on the basis of the following two parameters:

1. Inspiration - Popular sports figures who have brought their sport closer to the masses and inspired renewed interest in it.

2. Power - Individuals with authority who have used their power to further the cause of Indian sports.

After a panel full of industry experts voted for the sports personalities in the country which, in their opinion, fulfilled the above two criteria, the final list of 50 was arrived at.

On No. 1 was India's Captain Cool, MS Dhoni followed by Sachin Tendulkar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Rahul Dravid, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Abhinav Bindra, Anil Kumble, Pullela Gopichand, PT Usha. For the full list you can check the Sportskeeda website.

The judges' panel included:

Aayush Dabas (DGM – Marketing, Rhiti Sports Management)
Akshaya Kolhe (Director – Sales, ESPN Digital Media India)
Amit Chacko Thomas (Managing Director, Game On Sports Management)
Amrut Joshi (Founder Partner, Gamechanger Sports Ventures)
Ankan Banerjee (Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management)
Arup Soans (Managing Partner, QSport Media)
Ashok Nath (Founder, Catalyst Sports)
Baljit Rihal (Founder Asian Football Awards / Licensed Players Agent, Inventive Sports)
Debayan Sen (Sports Commentator and Broadcast Consultant)
Dhruv Ratra (CEO, Anglian Holdings)
Hakimuddin Habibulla (Founder and Principal Consultant – Sports Performance, Winning Matters Consulting)
Hemant Dua (CEO, Inspiranti Sports)
Jay Shah (Director, Sports Gurukul)
Kanishka Saran (Vice President, SPT Sports Management)
Kashif Siddiqui (AVP – Strategy & Alliances, KOOH Sports)
Lokknath R Char (CEO, Lokko Sports)
Mackinlay Barreto (Managing Partner, Boomerang Sports)
Madhukar Jha (Co-founder , Pitch Invasion New Media)
Maneesh Bahuguna (CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt)
Mazhar Ahmed (Managing Director, v2v Media & Sports)
Mukul Choudhari (Director, Academy at Manchester United Soccer Schools)
Neerav Tomar (MD & CEO, IOS Sports & Entertainment)
Niranjan P (Vice President – Operations, Celebrity Cricket League)
Nirvan Shah (CEO, PIFA Academy)
Parminder Gill (Co-founder, EduSports)
Prabhu Srinivasan (CEO, KOOH Sports)
Prantik Mazumdar (Managing Partner, Gamechanger India)
Premdeep Gangadharan (Director and co-founder, Fans On Stands Sports)
Puneet Mehra (Vice President, KOOH Sports)
Rahul Teny (AGM – Strategic Planning, McDonalds India)
Raj Dam (Founder, QuizWorks)
Ramakrishna Kalluri (CEO,
Sunny Narang (Chairman, Anglian Sports Management Group)
Saumil Majumdar (Co-founder & MD, EduSports)
Siddharth Pandey (Founder & CEO, LEH LEH Sports)
Sukhvinder Singh (Managing Director, Libero Sports India)
Vaibhav Tandon (Head – Research and Analysis, Olympic Gold Quest)
Vasanth Bharadwaj (Founder Director, TENVIC)
Vishal Jaison (Director – Sales & Business Development, Total Sports Asia)
Vivek Pathak (Chairman, Cue Sports India)


Sportskeeda Intro

Viswanathan Anand

Inspiration rank: 10
Power rank: 31

The biggest name in Indian chess by a mile, world champion Viswanathan Anand has repeatedly upstaged his Russian counterparts to rule the board for more than half a decade.India probably owes it to Viswanathan Anand for transforming chess from a hobby to a full-fledged career opportunity. Hailing from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the first chess grandmaster from India started on his road to world domination in his teens; so much so, that he was awarded the Arjuna Award at the age of 16 and the Padma Shri at 18. Since then, Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has also won the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan. He is the first and only sportsperson to ever win the latter award. He has been the undisputed world champion since 2007, and was also ranked world number one for a total duration of close to two years. While he still plays chess professionally, Anand is also on the Board of Directors at Olympic Gold Quest, a company that promotes and sponsors Indian sports. He also launched the MindChampions’ Academy in association with NIIT in Kolkata to promote chess in schools.