banner imagebanner imagebanner imagebanner image
banner image
banner imagePlacerbanner imagebanner imagebanner image
banner image
advertise advertise
  • Bebo
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • Podcast
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • Youtube

Event Calendar

Today's Schedule

The Lebara British Asian Sports Personality Awards

Boxing hero Amir Khan received the ultimate accolade, as he was voted Sports Personality of the Decade at the Lebara British Asian Sports Awards (BASA) on Saturday 5th March.

The glittering event, hosted by Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra and Holby City stunner Laila Rouass, took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with dignitaries from the sporting and showbiz world, including X Factor stars Olly Murs and Shayne Ward, comedian Gina Yashere, Anuvahood and Shank star Adam Deacon, Eastenders stars Diane Parish, Ramon Tikaram and Ricky Norwood, cricketers Saj Mahmood, Isa Guha and Farukh Engineer amongst a host of others,  in attendance to show their support.

Amir Khan’s younger brother Haroon, also a celebrated boxer in his own right, made an emotive and inspiring speech as he collected the Award in Amir’s absence: “I know Amir is gutted that he can’t be here today. Acknowledgement from the Lebara British Asian Sports Awards means so much to him. He’s got all four of his Awards in pride of place at home.

“The judges were the first to recognise his talent and the BASAs put him on the map, way before anyone had even heard of him. And now, a whole 10 years on, the Lebara British Asian Sports Awards are still behind him, acknowledging his incredible journey.

Haroon added: “He has been a huge inspiration as an Ambassador for the Awards, and definitely one for me. I’m honoured to be collecting this award on his behalf and maybe next year it will be me on stage for a different reason!”

Racing driverLuciano Bacheta winner of the Lebara British Asian Sports Personality of the Year Award with Tessa Sanderson and Ratheesan Yoganathan a.JPG

The Personality of the Decade Award was created as part of the special celebrations to mark ten years of BASA.  Khan was selected from the past 10 year’s winners of the coveted British Asian Sports Personality of the Year Award. Amongst the sporting luminaries considered for this year’s special award were:  boxers Harry Dhami and Jawaid Khaliq, martial arts champion Kamaljit Aujla, cricketers Kabir Ali, Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and last year’s winner Isa Guha. 

Khan, who has won the BASA Sports Personality of the Year Award three times in the past decade, was recognised not only for his personal sporting achievements since winning his silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and his formidable career over the past six years, but also for the amazing impact he has had in changing perceptions of sport within the Asian community. 

In a special video message to guests, Amir said: “This is an amazing award to receive, and I hope that my success will go some way to inspiring all those sporting hopefuls out in the community to believe that they can achieve their dreams too. Without BASA’s recognition all those years ago, I am not sure I would have had the immense support I have from the community. Thank you.”

As well as boxing heroes, this year’s Awards saw talent from a host of different sporting disciplines including football, cricket, martial arts, kickboxing, wheel-chair rugby, motor-racing and even billiards. Four times World Billiards Championship, Michael Ferreira took home the Lifetime Achievement Award, and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was honoured twice, as International Sports Personality of the Year and also in recognition of his 50th Test century in first Test against South Africa in December 2010 as the Champagne Moment Award.

Mark Ramprakash, a former BASA Ambassador and now on the judging panel for the Awards said: “The range of sports that I have seen over the past few years is fantastic. It is so encouraging to see people being nominated by family, friends and their community as well as sporting bodies. The number of nominations keeps growing every year as does the calibre of the individuals and their personal achievements. It makes our job as judges harder and harder, but it’s a job we enjoy are very proud to do. Every year the Awards night just reaffirms the impact that the Lebara British Asian Sports Awards had had on the sporting world.”

The inspiring awards show also saw 20 year-old Luciano Bacheta, take home the Lebara British Asian Sports Personality of the Year title, for his outstanding motor-racing achievements in 2010.

Luciano, who is managed by former F1 Champion, Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, began his racing career when he was only 13 years old. Like many F1 drivers, Luciano launched himself in to the world of racing through Karting and he has since gone on to compete in the Formula Palmer Audi Championship. Luciano is currently enjoying his third season in the Formula Renault Eurocup and his performances have seen him awarded membership to the British Racing Drivers Club. The question on everyone’s lips is clearly whether Luciano will follow in the footsteps of his much respected manager’s son!

The British Asian Sports Awards were launched in 2001 to recognise, honour and celebrate the immense South Asian sporting talent that exists within the UK. It is the only awards ceremony of its kind and over the past ten years has discovered some of Britain’s most successful sports personalities including WBA World Light Welter Weight Champion Amir Khan, England Women’s cricketer Isa Guha and badminton Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph.

Comments (0)

Post a Comment (showhide)
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
(not publicly displayed)
* Security Image:
Security Image Generate new
Copy the numbers and letters from the security image:
* Message:

Weekly Poll

Do you have a family member who is affected by Dementia?

Sponsors & Partners

Powered by Flame Multimedia