<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sourav Ganguly" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130221205832.jpg" title="Sourav Ganguly" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sourav Ganguly (above), alongwith tennis ace Leander Paes will receive the prestigious award © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Sept 19, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former India captain <a href="/tags/Sourav-Ganguly/post" target="_blank">Sourav Ganguly</a> and tennis ace Leander Paes will be conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards, while successful football coach Subhas Bhowmick will be given 'Guru Ratna' by the state goverment at a function here on September 28.<br /> <br /> Reacting to the news, Ganguly said: "I really feel proud to hear this. It's a massive achievement."<br /> <br /> Excited to meet Paes who recently won his 14th career Grand Slam, Ganguly further said: "I would tell him '40 is just a number, you should go on playing."<br /> <br /> "I would also ask him to spend more time in Kolkata as the city needs him," Ganguly added.<br /> <br /> This is for the first time the <a href="/tags/West-Bengal/post" target="_blank">West Bengal</a> Ministry of Sports has constituted awards in about 50 categories for the sportspersons as Chief Minister <a href="/tags/Mamata-Banerjee/post" target="_blank">Mamata Banerjee</a> will confer them at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here, sports minister Madan Mitra said.<br /> <br /> "We will confer sportspersons in various disciplines. We have constituted awards like 'Khel Ratna', 'Banglar Gourav' and 'Guru Ratna' besides the Lifetime Achievemt Awards," Mitra told <em>PTI</em>.<br /> <br /> The government is also likely to formally announce the upcoming State Football Academy while about 6,000 clubs will get financial aids.