High numbers defy tips, logic

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19

The rumblings over the nationwide sports activities award have began.

Triple jumper Arpinder Singh, winner of gold on the 2018 Asian Games (and bronze on the 2014 Commonwealth Games) doesn’t even have an Arjuna Award to indicate for his achievements.

“I am a bit surprised at being ignored for the Arjuna Award,” Arpinder mentioned right now. “I won the Asian Games gold medal. Then I also became the first Indian to win a medal at the Continental Cup in 2018. I don’t know what else I need to do to prove myself.”

Boxer Manoj Kumar, a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, has began efforts for the Dronacharya Award for his brother and private coach, Rajesh Kumar Rajound.

The awards choice committee nominated 13 names for the Dronacharya Award, however it didn’t approve the appliance of Manoj’s brother. “When there can be more than one award in hockey then why can’t it be in boxing also? Hoping for a quick and positive response from your side,” Manoj wrote to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Welcome to the annual Grumbling Games over sports activities awards.

Amazing numbers

The nomination of 5 sportspersons for the Khel Ratna and 29 for the Arjuna Award exceeds the numbers urged by the rules.

The tips state that “normally not more than 15 (Arjuna) awards could be given in any calendar year”. Exceptions for larger numbers, “with proper justification and approval” of the sports activities minister, might be made to mirror the efficiency of the athletes within the Olympic, Asian and Commonwealth Games.

For the Khel Ratna, the rules say that there could be “only one award every year to be given to an individual sportsperson”, and that “this condition will be relaxed only in exceptional circumstances”.

The awards choice committee really helpful 5 names for the Khel Ratna.

The tips for the Dronacharya Award state that “ordinarily not more than five awards could be given in any calendar year”, and out of those, two are to be “earmarked for lifetime contribution”. But the awards choice committee nominated 13 coaches for the Dronacharya Award.

Good yr?

These numbers would counsel that Indian sport had a incredible yr of glory. But that clearly just isn’t the case, and there have been no Olympic, Asian or Commonwealth Games within the interval into consideration.

Incidentally, the earlier highest for Khel Ratna nominations for a single yr was 4, however that was after the Rio Olympics, when PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar had been honoured for his or her Olympics efficiency; the fourth Khel Ratna winner, Jitu Rai, had an distinctive run 2014 onward.

It’s no secret that athletes, associations and different events foyer laborious for the awards. Did the awards choice committee get influenced by the lobbying but once more? Can it justify — as the rules demand — the excessive variety of suggestions for the three main awards for an yr by which there have been no multi-sport occasions just like the CWG or Asiad? Do these awards imply something in any respect?

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