Indian tennis star Sania Mirza Tuesday bagged the Sportstar Aces Inspirational Icon award in Mumbai for inspiring thousands of people globally through her incredible legacy in the game over the years.
After receiving the trophy by veteran Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, the sports celebrity was asked to share a few words on stage. Mirza thanked everyone present at the event for the prestigious award reminiscing about her dream of becoming a great tennis player and making it to on the cover of Sportstar magazine.
“I am honoured to be here. It has been quite an emotional last couple of months as you know that a lot of things have been happening and a lot of deci-sions have been [taken],” she said. The star tennis player went on that while growing up as athletes, “we have read the sports star magazine and we had dreamt of being on the cover of the magazine.”
“I remember as a child opening up the magazine and this poster coming up with the cover photos of athletes and I wished one day I would be on this cover. The magazine always inspired me. Due to that, it has been a true honour for me to be here and to be part of this Sports Star family,” she remarked.
She went on to mention that it was her dream to be a part of this sports star. “It has been a 20-year-long journey in which everybody has been with me through thick and thin, wins and losses. It is said all good things also come to an end.”
“I am full of gratitude that I have been able to do, to play for my family and for myself and play for you all. There is no better way to start this new phase of life than with this award,” she delightedly said.
“It is also an honour to receive the award from Sunil Gavaskar. It doesn’t get more special than this,” she concluded. Mirza, who is the wife of Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, has remained tight-lipped about the divorce rumours surrounding the couple for quite some time now.—Agencies