BASA 2010 awards: Final call for votes

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Voting lines for the annual British Asian Sports Awards (BASA) will close this Thursday.

Amongst the shortlisted hopefuls this year are Formula One racer Adam Khan, Yorkshire and England cricketer Adil Rashid, Queens Park Rangers Vice-Chairman Amit Bhatia and England women�۪s cricketer Isa Guha. The Awards, which are made up of ten categories and judged by a panel of experts are, for the first time, taking place in partnership with the ground-breaking Change4Life movement which supports families to ‘eat well, move more and live longer’.

The full set of nominees this year include:

HSBC Young Sports Personality of the Year �ۢ Aadam Syed, Golf, Middlesex
�ۢ Hassan Chaudry, Cricket, Nottingham
�ۢ Viroshan Gnanapandithan, Taekwondo, Essex

Unison Junior Sports Personality of the Year (under 18, female)
�ۢ Ambreen Sadiq, Boxing, West Yorkshire
�ۢ Riana Devi Soobadoo, Womens Senior Football, Essex
�ۢ Farzana Ali, Taekwondo, Hertfordshire

Shana Foods Junior Sports Personality of the Year (under 18, male)
�ۢ Hassan Ahmed, Kickboxing, Staffordshire
�ۢ Jesse Mander, Rugby, London
�ۢ Junaid Nadir, Cricket, London

Cobra Beer Most Up and Coming Sports Personality of the Year
�ۢ Adam Khan, Formula One, London
�ۢ Adil Rashid, Cricket, Bradford
�ۢ Raj Hundal, Middlesex, Professional Pool

Anand Hyundai International Outstanding Achievement Award
�ۢ Ayaz Sheikh, Swimming, Leicester
�ۢ Mohammed Razaq, Cricket, Bristol
�ۢ Salma Bi, Cricket, Birmingham
�ۢ Emerald Knight Community Business in Sport
�ۢ Amit Bhatia, Football, Queen Park Rangers
�ۢ Wasim Khan, Cricket, London
�ۢ Jasbir Athwal, Golf, Bradford

Madhu�۪s Coach of the Year
�ۢ Neil Kapoor, Tennis, Surrey
�ۢ Sivakumar Renganathan, Taekwondo, Essex
�ۢ Tafazzul Islam, Football, London

Change4Life Sports Personality of the Year
�ۢ Isa Guha, Cricket, London
�ۢ Rajiv Ouseph, Badminton, Middlesex
�ۢ Tajiv Masson, Rugby, Surrey

Genesis Networks International Sports Personality of the Year
�ۢ Saina Nehwal
�ۢ Vijender Singh
�ۢ Pankaj Advani

The panel of expert judges, includes British Asian Sports Award ambassador and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash, Evening Standard sports contributor Mihir Bose, the skipper of the first all female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Tracy Edwards (MBE), Olympic Gold medallist, Denise Lewis (OBE), Lorraine Deschamps of Sporting Equals and Executive Vice-President ��� International Business for Sony Entertainment Network, Rajan Singh.

Executive Vice-President ��� International Business for Sony Entertainment Network, Rajan Singh, said: “The standard of nominees this year has been exceptionally high and choosing our shortlisted finalists was a hard task. Having set up this awards programme, it�۪s heartening to see the growing number of British Asians representing sport in a variety of ways. The more young people we can encourage to get involved in any type of physical activity the better because it means they are living a healthier lifestyle, and with the support of Change4life hopefully this number will continue to grow.”

The event takes place on Saturday 6th February at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For details of the shortlisted nominees and for voting numbers, visit BASA’s website here.

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