Chandigarh, September 2
Indian wrestler Babita Phogat on Wednesday stated the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award ought to be renamed after a distinguished sports activities persona.
“Sports-related awards should be named only after great and respected players and not after any political person,” Phogat stated in a tweet.
“How do you like the suggestion of renaming Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after a player,” she requested in a tweet, as many Twitter customers responded to considered one of her earlier tweets on this regard.
When requested by reporters to touch upon the difficulty, she stated, “The Khel Ratna award has been named after Rajiv Gandhi. Instead, had it been named after any player, it would have been more appropriate.”
“There are so many Olympic and world champion medallists in our country and players too would have felt more proud and motivated in receiving the award if it was named after a prominent sports personality,” she stated.
The Khel Ratna, the nation’s highest sporting honour, is called after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
A month in the past, the Haryana authorities had appointed Babita Phogat because the deputy director in its Sports and Youth Affairs Department.
Babita Phogat is the daughter of Mahavir Phogat, a famous wrestling coach.
The Phogats grew to become a family identify within the nation after the success of Hindi movie “Dangal”, which relies on the lives of the Phogat sisters, all of them wrestlers, and their father who coached them towards all odds.
Babita Phogat, alongside together with her father, had joined the BJP in August final yr. PTI