Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Dahiya, Lovlina Borgohain Among 11 Recommended For Khel Ratna Award

28th Oct,2021

Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Dahiya, Lovlina Borgohain Among 11 Recommended For Khel Ratna Award

As the selection committee announced 35 sportsmen for the Arjuna award in Delhi on Wednesday, India's stunning performance at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was reflected in a record 11 recommendations for the Khel Ratna medal, including champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. Apart from Chopra, who became only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold, silver medalist wrestler Ravi Dahiya and bronze medalist boxer Lovloina Borgohain were nominated for the country's highest sporting honour, the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna.

PR Sreejesh, a seasoned hockey goalkeeper, and Mithali Raj, the Test captain of the women's cricket team, were chosen alongside Sunil Chhetri, the country's first footballer to win the honour. All five gold medalists from the Tokyo Paralympics — Avani Lekhara (shooting), Manish Narwal (shooting), Sumit Antil (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (badminton), and Krishna Nagar (badminton) — were also recognised for their achievements, as their names were included in the list that will now be submitted to the Sports Ministry for approval. India sent the largest delegation to the Tokyo Olympics, with 121 athletes competing, and the country put on its best-ever performance, collecting seven medals, including one gold, two silver, and four bronze. Wrestler Bajrang Punia, shuttler PV Sindhu, and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are three of the medalists who have already won the Khel Ratna honour.
India brought home 19 medals from the Paralympics, including five gold, eight silver, and six bronze.
In addition, the committee recommended 35 athletes for the Arjuna Award, eight more than the previous year's selections.Shikhar Dhawan of Team India, para table tennis player Bhavina Patel, para shuttler Suhas Yathiraj, and high jumper Nishad Kumar are among the nominees for the Arjuna award, which honours outstanding performers. In reality, Dhawan became the 57th cricketer to win the Arjuna award.
All players of the historic bronze-medal-winning men's hockey team from the Tokyo Olympics, who had not previously received the award, have been nominated for the Arjuna Award. Vandana Katariya and Monika of the women's hockey team, who were instrumental in the team's brilliant performance at the Tokyo Olympics, Bhavani Devi, the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics, boxer Simranjit Kaur, wrestler Deepak Punia, pistol shooter Abhishek Verma, kabaddi player Sandeep Narwal, and women's tennis player Ankita Raina are among those who have received recommendations. The Dronacharya award has been given to sports coaches Radhakrishna Nair and TP Ouseph, as well as hockey coach Sandeep Sangwan, according to information obtained.
The Khel Ratna award comes with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a citation, while the Arjuna award recipients will receive a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.
Prior to 2020, the Khel Ratna award was for Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna award was worth Rs 5 lakh.