Sports Awards more likely to be delayed, ready for Rashtrapati Bhavan directions: Sports Ministry official

New Delhi, July 30

The National Sports Awards ceremony this 12 months is more likely to be delayed by a month or two as a result of COVID-19 pandemic however a ultimate determination will likely be taken solely after receiving steerage from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a Sports Ministry official has stated.

The National Sports Awards embrace the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand honours, conferred yearly by the President of India on the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29.

The ceremony coincides with the delivery anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. But this 12 months, it is perhaps delayed as a result of pandemic, though a ultimate determination remains to be awaited.

“We haven’t heard anything from the Rashtrapati Bhavan yet. We are waiting for a communication with regard to the Sports awards. So, at this point of time, it is very difficult to say what will happen,” the ministry official instructed PTI.

“Currently, public gathering is prohibited throughout the nation as a result of COVID-19 so no features are being organised on the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“In the past also, the awards ceremony has been organised with delays, so in case it cannot be held on August 29, we can hold it one or two months later. The well-being and safety of all should be the priority right now,” he added.

The pandemic had final month pressured the sports activities ministry to increase the deadline for submission of on-line functions for the awards. It additionally allowed athletes to self-nominate in view of the “difficulties” being confronted by them to search out recommenders amid the lockdown.

The self nomination has resulted in an enormous variety of candidates for the awards however the sports activities ministry is but to type a committee to pick the eventual winners with only a month left for the ceremony whether it is held on time.

It has been learnt that the ministry is but to start out screening of the functions and a delay is inevitable.

“The sports awards this year will definitely be delayed because screening of applications is a tedious task which is yet to begin,” a ministry supply instructed PTI.

“But the awards will definitely be given away. There is no question of denying deserving athletes and coaches their due recognition.” PTI  SSC





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