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Navua Masters Pramod Chauhan Navua Masters Pramod Chauhan Pramod Chauhan expressed exhilaration for being the first Masters player to win the Sportsone Sportsman of the Year award.

Chauhan said he is honoured by the fact that public's vote has earned him the prestigious award.

"I want to thank all those who voted for me ", he said. “But I’m not one for individual awards".

The quadruple Masters League winner (2012-2015) said the new found fame was for his organization to cherish.

He made a special mention of his teammates, management and the supporters for Navua's success, the team he has been a part of for many years.

The Sportsman of the Year award is given to an individual who has simply transcended the sport over the calendar year.

Award chairman and Sportsone/ Radio S1 Dhamaka soccer analyst and commentator Riten (RG) Gosai said the S1 media group and its partners will continue to acknowledge the top athlete and not the team regardless of their affiliation to the many Fijian sporting fraternities.

"Our unerring goal is to recognize that one athlete, man or women who had contributed immensely to the sport of their choice", he said.

"As an independent media entity free and transparent, our goal is to present the highest of the individual award and that by way of engaging the public through votes.

"The status will remain unchanged despite the building chorus for team recognition”.

Gosai added the response for the month long voting had been impeccable.

Chauhan garnered 75 percent of the votes while Flagstaff FC duo Javid Khan and Nicholas Naidu didn’t come close to the winner on votes.

Navua capitan Tofik Khan received the award on behalf of Chauhan during Sportsone/ Radio S1 Dhamaka’s annual gala ceremony on Friday.

Chauhan joins premier soccer player’s Rylan Sangha (2012) and Kamlesh Krishna (2014) and rugby sensation Josefa Dolesau (2013) to win the prestigious award in the three year running of the competition.




-12 #1 shame 2016-01-13 14:46
At least appreciate the Sportsman of the year award Pramod. If you not all about awards then you might as well return all you collected over the years to the organizers that saw some good in you...Typical of ill-considerate
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