Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1998
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Chandmari, Sikkim, India
Baichung Bhutia is an Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who plays as a striker. He is considered to be a good inspiration of Indian football in the international arena. He is named as 'Sikkimese Sniper' because of his shooting skills in football. Bhutia is described as "God's gift to Indian football" by three-time Indian Player of the Year I. M. Vijayan. He is also India's most capped player, with 104 international caps to his name, and in 2009 Nehru Cup he received his 100th international cap. Bhutia, who has a football stadium named after him in honour of his contribution to Indian football, has also won many awards, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri. He will be soon seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi season 7.
Bhaichung Bhutia was born on 15 December 1976 in Tinkitam, Sikkim, India. The name "Baichung" literally means "little brother". He has done his schooling at boarding school and St. Xaviers School, Pakyong, East Sikkim. Apart from football, he also represented his school at badminton, basketball and athletics. At a tender age of nine he won a football scholarship from SAI to attend the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok. He has won the "Best Player" award for his performance at 1992 Subroto Cup, which made him to gain fame in football. In 2005, Bhutia signed for another Malaysian club, Selangor MK Land. He made five appearances only, scoring one goal, as the club had monetary problems. On 18 May 2009, Bhutia announced he would quit Mohun Bagan, due to the questioning of his footballing commitment by the club's officials. In 2011, Bhutia joined United Sikkim as coach and Manager. He started Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi on 28th October 2010. He won the third season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa the Indian version of the reality show Dancing With The Stars. He got 4 million INR as a cash prize for his victory.