Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 18
The Arjuna Award choice committee has really useful 5 names for the celebrated Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. The committee, led by Justice (retd) Mukundakam Sharma, has really useful the names of India cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, paddler Manika Batra and Paralympian Mariyapan Thangavelu for India’s topmost award. Women’s hockey crew captain Rani Rampal’s title too has been added however the choice to incorporate her has been left on the discretion of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
This can be the primary time when so many athletes will likely be conferred with the Khel Ratna in a non-Olympics yr. The checklist has surpassed 4 winners — PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Jitu Rai and Deepa Karmakar — who got the award after the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Strangely, the committee members weren’t knowledgeable of 2016 Paralympics gold medallist Mariyapan’s pending court docket case, through which he’s accused of murdering a youth in 2017.
The committee adopted the identical script when recommending the Arjuna Award. In all, 29 names have been despatched for the Sports Minister’s approval. For the file, the committee wished to maintain the Arjuna Award right down to 20. But with the variety of purposes — 215 — being excessive and on the insistence of some members to push names from their disciplines, the committee settled on 27 names.
The inclusion of wrestler Sakhi Malik and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu — who obtained the Khel Ratna in 2016 and 2018, respectively — has been left on the only discretion of the sports activities minister.
Indian tempo bowler Ishant Sharma, taking pictures stars Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary, boxers Manish Kaushik and Lovlina Borgohain headline the Arjuna Award. Shiva Keshavan, who participated within the luge occasion in six consecutive Winter Games from 1998 to 2018, too discovered favours with the committee.
The 25-year-old from Bhiwani, Haryana, broke on to the worldwide scene with gold on the CWG and bronze on the Asian Games in 2014. At the 2016 Olympics, she suffered a critical knee damage throughout her quarterfinal match. But she bounced again in 2018, profitable her second gold on the CWG and changing into the primary Indian girl wrestler to win gold on the Asian Games. In 2019, she emulated cousins Geeta and Babita in profitable bronze on the World Championships.
A trainee of Haryana’s well-known Shahabad academy, Rani first showcased her placing expertise as a 15-year-old within the 2010 World Cup. She scored seven targets to complete as India’s top-scorer and the event’s second-best. She was named one of the best participant within the 2013 Junior World Cup, the place India received bronze. After serving to India qualify for the 2016 Olympics after a niche of 36 years, she was additionally instrumental in India’s silver medal on the 2018 Asian Games.
Vinesh Phogat (wrestling), Rohit Sharma (cricket), Manika Batra (desk tennis), Mariyapan Thangavelu (Paralympics), Rani Rampal (hockey)
Atanu Das (archery), Shiva Keshavan (luge), Dutee Chand (athletics), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty (badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (basketball), Manish Kaushik and Lovlina Borgohain (boxing), Ishant Sharma and Deepti Sharma (cricket), Ajay Sawant (tent pegging), Sandesh Jhingan (soccer), Aditi Ashok (golf), Akashdeep Singh and Deepika Kumari (hockey), Deepak Hooda (kabaddi), Kale Sarika (kho kho), Dattu Bhokanal (rowing), Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary (taking pictures), Madhurika Patkar (desk tennis), Divij Sharan (Tennis), Divya Kakran, Rahul Aware and Sakshi Malik (wrestling), Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting), Suyesh Jadhav (para-athletics), Sandeep (para-athletics), Manish Narwal (Para-shooting)