Khel Ratna by Deepa Malik and Bajrang Punia, Arjuna by Ravindra Jadeja
NEW DELHI: Para-athlete held Deepa Malik will receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award this year together with fighter Bajrang Punia . Deepa became the first Indian female athlete to win a Paralympic medal, when she won a silver at the 2016 Games. The selection committee recommended the 48-year-old woman to the highest in the country. sports honor .
A previous recipient of Padma shri & Arjuna Award , Deepa began his sports career at the age of 36 and won a silver in weight throwing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Cricket player Ravindra Tray is among 19 sportspersons who have been nominated for Arjuna Award by awards selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma.
Jadeja has scored 2128 races and has 178 wickets in his name in the 156 ODI he has played so far. In 42 T20Is, the all-terrain has 135 races and 32 wickets. Jajeda has also been useful in the test matches, since he has made 1485 races and taken 192 wickets in 41 games.
Along with Deepa, Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Bajrang will also get the country's highest sports honor , a year after he threatened to move court for not getting the award.
The six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, boxer MC Mary Kom, withdrew from the meeting to avoid conflicts of interest since her personal trainer, Chhotelal Yadav, was in contention for the Dronacharya Prize.
According to the guidelines, to be eligible for the award, an athlete must not only have consistently performed well during the previous four years internationally with excellence for the year for which the Prize is recommended, but must also have Demonstrated leadership qualities, sportsmanship and sense of discipline.
The panel also nominated three names for the Dronacharya Prize, including former badminton star Vimal Kumar, and three for the Dronacharya Prize (caregiver for life) .nHere is the complete list of recommendations sent by the selection committee for sports awards of this year.
RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARD
Bajrang Punia - Wrestling
Deepa Malik - For Athletics
DRONACHARYA AWARD Regular Category
Vimal Kumar - Badminton
Sandeep Gupta - Table tennis
Mohinder Singh Dhillon - Athletics
Life Time Category
Merzban Patel - Hockey
Rambir Singh Khokhar - Kabaddi
Sanjay Bhardwaj - Cricket
Tajinderpal Singh Toor - Athletics
Mohammed Anas Yahiya - Athletics
S. Bhaskaran - Bodybuilding
Sonia Lather - Boxing
Ravindra Tray - Cricket
Chinglensana Singh Kangujam - Hockey
Ajay Thakur - Kabaddi
Gaurav Singh Gill - Motor Sports
Pramod Bhagat For Sports (Badminton)
Anjum Moudgil - Shooting
Harmeet Rajul Desai - Table tennis
Pooja Dhanda - Wrestling
Fouaad Mirza - Equestrian
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - Soccer
Poonam Yadav - Cricket
Swapna Barman - Athletics
Sundar Singh Gurjar - For Sports (Athletics)
Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth - Badminton
Simran Singh Shergill - Polo
Manuel Fredricks - Hockey
Arup Basak - Table tennis
Manoj Kumar - Wrestling
Nitten Kirrtane - Tennis
Lalremsanga - Archery
RASHTRIYA KHEL PROTSAHAN PURUSKAR
ABUL KALAM AZAD MAULANA TROPHY (MAKA)
Punjab University, Chandigarh - Especially the winning university
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, first university finalist
University of Punjabi, Patiala - second university finalist