Boxing sensation Amir Khan along with ten other budding sports stars are celebrating today, following their success at the biggest ever Asian sports awards in the country.
The winners of the prestigious Change4Life British Asian Sports Awards (BASA) were revealed at a star-studded ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane last night. Hosted by ‘EastEnders’ Nitin Gantara and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Laila Rouass, the awards show once again recognised the contributions and achievements of the best in British Asian Sporting talent.
BASA awards ambassador Amir Khan was honoured with the Champagne Moment of the Year. He said, “Everytime I win an award, I get the same feeling as when I first won one. It feels great to win the Champagne Moment of the year. Last year I became world champion so it was a really good year for me. There were some really strong contenders at the awards and I have respect for all the nominees.”
England women�۪s cricketer, Isa Guha (pictured below) was also celebrating after being awarded with the Change4Life British Asian Sports Personality of the year. She was recognised for becoming an established England International cricketer and playing an integral role as a member of the World Cup Winning team last year.
She said, “Today�۪s ceremony was amazing! There were so many strong contenders up for this award and so I am truly humbled to have received it. I would like to thank the Change4Life British Asian Sports Awards for giving myself and others a platform to showcase our talent. It�۪s been a great year for women in sport and I hope that this award can inspire more women to get actively involved in sports.”
This year�۪s awards were partnered for the first time with Change4Life, the groundbreaking movement which supports families to ‘eat well, move more and live longer’. The British Asian Sports Awards partnership with Change4Life aims to increase awareness of the importance of eating well and moving more amongst the South Asian community, where some obesity related illnesses, such as type 2 Diabetes, are higher than the national average.
Other winners on the night also included Sri Lankan cricketer, Arjuna Ranatunga, who picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award and Amit Bhatia, the Vice-Chairman of QPR who was crowned winner of the Community Business in Sport award.
The evening featured show-stopping performances from MOBO award-winning rapper, Chipmunk, popular girl band The Saturdays (pictured below), and talented British Asian pop singers, Jaya and Navin Kundra. High profile guests in attendance included Denise Lewis, Olympic Gold Medallist and BASA judge, actors Colin Salmon, Nina Wadia and politicians Keith Vaz MP and Sion Simon MP.
The charity auction on the night raised thousands of pounds for The British Asian Trust. The event will be broadcast globally on Sony Entertainment Television Asia in April this year.