No trophies for National Sports Awards winners, one other ceremony on playing cards

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 29

Those who had been conferred with the celebrated Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards as we speak ought to take into account themselves fortunate, for they’re prone to be honoured a second time — after they would really get their trophies.

Due to the Covid-19 protocols, the annual grand ceremony on the Rashtrapati Bhawan couldn’t be held. In the awards ceremony, held within the digital mode as we speak, President Ram Nath Kovind, in Delhi, honoured the winners, who had been in numerous places throughout India.

The Sports Ministry had determined to ship the trophies to the winners by means of courier however they modified their choice as they weren’t in a position to procure all of the trophies in time.

Starting with para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, awarded the Khel Ratna, all winners paid their respect to the president after which got their certificates. However, the trophies weren’t handed to the winners. They have been informed that the federal government might maintain one other ‘ceremony or get-together’ the place they’ll get their palms on their trophies.

Arjuna Award winner Manu Bhaker stated officers informed her that there can be one other get-together within the close to future. “I have heard that they will hold another get-together where we will get our trophies,” Manu stated when requested about her trophy.

Luge legend Shiva Keshavan confirmed the event. “Looks like we may get another ceremony,” Keshavan stated. “We have been told that there will be another ceremony for the trophies but we were not told about when that will happen.”

Only 60 of the 74 award winners may attend the awards ceremony. The absentees included Khel Ratna winner Vinesh Phogat, who examined constructive for Covid-19 yesterday. Seven different award winners additionally examined constructive for Covid-19.

Athletics coach Purshottam, who was to be conferred with the Dronacharya Award as we speak, died after struggling a coronary heart assault yesterday.

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