The unprecedented medal haul by Indian sportspersons at this yr’s Olympics and Paralympics has resulted in a highest-ever variety of suggestions for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards.
India had its largest medal haul on the Tokyo Olympics with one gold, two silver and 4 bronze medals. The opposite three medallists – wrestler Bajrang Punia, shuttler PV Sindhu and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu – have already been conferred with the Khel Ratna.
The 23-year-old Chopra grew to become solely the second Indian to win a person Olympic gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra within the 10m air rifle capturing occasion on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. India had despatched its biggest-ever Olympic contingent to Tokyo this yr.
All 5 gold medallists from the Tokyo Paralympics have been additionally shortlisted for the Khel Ratna on Wednesday. They’re Avani Lekhara (capturing), Manish Narwal (capturing), Sumit Antil (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (badminton) and Krishna Nagar (badminton).
India returned with 19 medals – together with 5 gold, eight silver and 6 bronze – from the Paralympics.
As well as, the choice committee additionally named footballer Sunil Chhetri and ladies’s Take a look at cricket captain Mithali Raj within the record, which is able to now be despatched to the union sports activities ministry for approval.
The announcement of the nationwide sports activities awards was delayed in order that performances on the Paralympics is also thought of.
The panel additionally named as many as 35 athletes for the Arjuna Award, together with cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, para desk tennis participant Bhavina Patel, para shuttler Suhas Yathiraj and excessive jumper Nishad Kumar.
Others chosen by the panel for the Arjuna Award embrace all of Sreejesh’s bronze-winning teammates, girls’s hockey gamers Vandana Katariya and Monika, fencer Bhavani Devi, boxer Simranjit Kaur, wrestler Deepak Punia, pistol shooter Abhishek Verma, boxer Simranjit Kaur, kabaddi participant Sandeep Narwal and ladies’s tennis participant Ankita Raina.
Mallakhamb participant Himani Uttam Parab and Arpinder Singh (triple bounce, athletics) are additionally amongst these getting the nod for the honour.
5 athletes have been chosen for the Khel Ratna final yr whereas 4 obtained it after the 2016 Rio Video games. The variety of names shortlisted for the Arjuna Award final yr was 27.
Former sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju had sought to elucidate the massive variety of awardees arguing that India’s efficiency at worldwide competitions had improved significantly in current occasions and the awards ought to recognise and honour these achievements.
Not too way back, there was not multiple Khel Ratna awardee in a yr, and generally nobody was conferred the honour if the committee didn’t deem anybody worthy of it.
In the meantime, para athlete Sumit Antil, who received a gold medal in javelin throw in Tokyo, stated he’ll apply for the Arjuna Award in future regardless of being chosen for the upper honour.
“Although I had utilized for the Arjuna Award, I’m glad that the committee discovered me appropriate for this award (Khel Ratna). I’m honoured to obtain this award. However in future I shall apply for the Arjuna Award too, as since childhood I had dreamt to be an Arjuna Awardee. And if individuals assume that it’s for cash, I announce that I’ll give the award cash of the Arjuna Award, if I win, to charity,” Antil stated in a press release.
Additionally, athletics coaches Radhakrishna Nair and TP Ouseph in addition to hockey coach Sandeep Sangwan are amongst these chosen for the Dronacharya award. The Khel Ratna awardees obtain Rs 25 lakh and a quotation, whereas the Arjuna award carries a prize purse of Rs 15 lakh every and a quotation.