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NEW DELHI: The Athletics Federation of India On Wednesday confirmed the recommendation of the star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, The country’s highest sporting honor.
PTI had already reported that Chopra was AFIChosen for Khel Ratna for the third consecutive year and for India’s fastest woman Duti Chand Arjuna Award.
Asian Games gold medalist Arpinder Singh (Triple jump) and Manjeet Singh (800m) and Asian Champion mid-distance runner PU Chitra were recommended for the Arjuna Award in addition to Dutti.
A panel constituted by the Sports Ministry will shortlist nominations received from various National Federations along with the awards to be presented on National Sports Day, 29 August.
AFI President Adile Sumiriwala said that we are sure that Neeraj will get Neeraj after being selected for the award this time, when weightlifter Mirabai Chanu ousted him in 2018 and wrestler Bajrang Punia was selected. .
“Popular athletes are entitled to awards for their performance ahead of the 2021 Olympics and this will inspire them to do even better,” the AFI release said.
The 22-year-old Chopra has already been awarded the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning gold in the 2018 Commonwealth. That year, he was also recommended for the Khel Ratna.
He also won a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Chopra has already qualified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
Regarding the recommendations of the Arjuna Award, Sumirwala said, “We are confident that the award selection committee will consider the fact that track and field play is among the most intensely contested in the continent as well.
“It is also important to remember that in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, there were 20 of 70 medals in athletics, including 16 gold, which were won by Indian players,” he said.
Deputy head coach Radhakrishnan Nair, the only Indian to have completed the International Coaching Promotion Certificate Program of the International Olympic Committee with honors, has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.
Kuldeep Singh Bhullar, who won the discus throw and silver medal at the Asian Games in Delhi in 1982 and Sprinter Jinci Philippe, who finished fourth in 2002 in Busan in 2002, have been nominated for the Dhyanchand Award for the achievement of life. On the Arjuna Award during his playing career.
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