IFA Ananya Awards 2022

Archan Mitter | 9 Mar 2022

IFA Ananya Awards 2022 Kolkata, 8th of March, 2022: The wives of the Late Subhash Bhowmik and the Late Surajit Sengupta were among some extra-ordinary women felicitated here today for their remarkable contributions to football. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, The Indian Football Association (IFA-WB) conferred on them the IFA Ananya Awards 2022 at a glittering ceremony attended by leading exponents of the game.

The awardees were: Shukla Bhowmik, Shyamali Sengupta, Anindita Bhattacharjee, Susmita Gangopadhyay, Rabia Bibi, Basanti Mandal, Kanika Burman, and Kuntala Ghosh Dostidar. The Captains of teams participating in the Kanyashree Cup 2021-22 were also felicitated on the occasion.

The second year in running, IFA Ananya Awards were given away by Mr. Aroop Biswas, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal. Speaking on the occasion, he said: “It is my proud privilege to honour these ladies, who have directly and indirectly, stood firmly by the game.”

Mr. Debashish Kumar, MLA, who was among the special guests, said: “These awards are yet another gesture by the IFA in recognizing the power, resilience and the determination of women.”

Echoing their sentiments, Mr. Joydeep Mukherjee, Honorary Secretary, IFA, said: “The IFA firmly believes that behind every successful person is a woman and her selfless support. Human history has shown that life’s successes are often built on foundations laid by women. These awards are an ode to the ladies for their exemplary contributions to the cause of football from the backrooms of their homes. I also take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Chief Minister, Shrimati Mamata Banerjee, for being our guiding light, The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for its unflinching support to football in Bengal, and our sponsors, Satyam Roy Chowdhury, Sister Nivedita University, Sarawati Online.Com, Shyamsunder Jewellers, R.T. Network Solutions, Cosco and Impression for their Invaluable support to WA through the year.”

Among the eminent personalities present on the occasion were: Mr. Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice-President, AIFF, Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, AIFF, Mr. Swapan Banerjee, President, Bengal Olympic Association, and Mr. Ajit Banerjee, President, IFA.

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