Pulwama Terror Attack: Virat Kohli Postpones Indian Sports HonorsFebruary 16, 2019 11:44
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In wake of Pulwama terrorist attack that claimed lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary troopers, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has postponed the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group Honors which was to take place on Saturday.
The terror attack on Thursday has been termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian Sports Honors is an initiative of Virat Kohli Foundation and RP-SG. "The RP-SG Indian Sports Honors has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow," Kohli wrote on his twitter handle Friday night.
The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019
The sporting fraternity, including Kohli, had joined the country in condemning the dastardly attack. The batting champion every year rewards excellence in sports and nurtures promising athletes through his foundation.
"The RP-SG Indian Sports Honors that was supposed to happen tomorrow night has been postponed by Virat as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred at Pulwama by a tragic terror attack," the foundation said in a statement.
"The who's who of entertainment and sports industry was supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sportstars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with(,) stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans."
An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district.
Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased CRPF soldiers since the news of the attack broke out.
The foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting the underprivileged sections of society, provides scholarships to promising young athletes, as well as individuals and initiatives that have promoted the sport at the grassroots level.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the security forces have been given “full freedom” to choose a “time and place” for the “future course of action”.