Meet Our Brand Ambassadors
After the success of YEAR 1, Year 2 of the NDTV-Nirmal Lifestyle 'Marks For Sports' will be a FITTEST CITY contest. While 'Marks for Sports' will continue to pursue our signature campaign to get state governments to include sports as a subject in schools and colleges, our special focus this year will be on the state of fitness in India with a contest between our major cities. The parameters for testing fitness will be through BMI tests, online surveys, government statistics and a jury based voting.
Bipasha Basu, Fitness Ambassador for Mumbai
She is fit and fabulous. Bipasha Basu is a fitness enthusiast who is the face of
several health products. The accomplished Bollywood star won the Ford supermodel
of the world contest in 1996 and there has been no looking back since Bollywood.
Her hits include Ajnabee, No Entry, Race, Omkara, and Dhoom 2. Her famous Beedi
number in Omkara established her as one of best dancers in the industry.
Virender Sehwag, Fitness Ambassador for Delhi
Cricket superstar Virender Sehwag has scored 22 test hundreds and 15 ODI hundreds,
and hold the proud record as one of only 4 players, including Don Bradman, Chris
Gayle and Brian Lara to score 2 triple hundreds. Virender has the Indian record
for the fastest ODI hundred off 60 balls, and has the 2nd fastest double hundred
of all time at 168 balls. Virender captains the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
Mahesh Bhupathi, Fitness Ambassador for Bangalore
This tennis champion has won an impressive 12 grand slam titles, 8 in mixed doubles
and 4 in men's doubles and in 1997 he became the 1st Indian to win a grand slam
title. He has a total of 50 career doubles titles to his name. Mahesh runs a successful
sports management company 'Globosport' that has managed the likes of Zaheer Khan
& Sania Mirza. He is married to Bollywood star Lara Dutta and is the proud father
of a little girl.
Baichung Bhutia, Fitness Ambassador for Kolkata
The 'Sikkimese Sniper', as he's called, has long been the face of Indian football
and he's been India's most successful footballer, leading the country to 5 international
titles. He's played a record 107 games for India and scored 43 goals. He was the
first Indian to play professional football in England and he has played with the
likes of Zidane, Kaka & Thierry Henry. After his retirement Baichung started the
Baichung Bhutia football schools and his football team, United Sikkim FC, for whom
he still plays occasionally, have qualified for the I-league this year.
Sania Mirza, Fitness Ambassador for Hyderabad
Sania Mirza is the only Indian apart from Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to win
a grand slam title in tennis. She has won 1 WTA singles title, a distinction that
even Anna Kournikova did not achieve. She has won 14 WTA doubles titles and has
had a career high ranking of 27 in singles & 7 in doubles. Sania's best performance
in singles in a grand slam was 4th round in the US Open in 2005, where she lost
to Maria Sharapova. She is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Vijender Singh, Fitness Ambassador for Chandigarh
Vijender is the only boxer from India to win an Olympic medal. He won bronze in
the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and then followed that up by becoming the first Indian
boxer to win a World Championship medal. Vijender is taking part in his third Olympics
at London 2012. He's already established himself as a media darling in Bollywood
with his sharp one liners and his model looks which have made him popular on TV
shows, fashion events and page 3.
We are supported in this campaign by Ranbir Kapoor who has pledged his support for