Neeraj Chopra. (Getty Images)
NEW DELHI: The Athletics Federation of India on Wednesday showed recommending celebrity javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the rustic’s best possible carrying honour.
PTI had already reported that Chopra was once AFI‘s pick out for the Khel Ratna for the 3rd 12 months in a row and India’s quickest lady Dutee Chand for the Arjuna Award.
Asian Games gold medallists Arpinder Singh (triple bounce) and Manjit Singh (800m) and reigning Asian champion center distance runner PU Chitra have been really helpful for the Arjuna Award, but even so Dutee.
A panel shaped by way of the Sports Ministry will shortlist the nominations won from more than a few nationwide federations with the awards to be introduced on National Sports Day, August 29.
“We are positive that Neeraj gets the nod this time round after he neglected out on being picked for the award when weightlifter Mirabai Chanu edged him out in 2018 and wrestler Bajrang Punia was once selected forward of him ultimate 12 months,” AFI president Adile Sumariwalla stated.
“The immensely widespread athlete merits the award for his performances forward of the 2021 Olympics and it’ll encourage him to do even higher,” he stated in an AFI free up.
The 22-year-old Chopra has already been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 after profitable a gold on the 2018 Commonwealth. In that 12 months, he was once additionally really helpful for the Khel Ratna.
He had additionally received the gold on the 2018 Asian Games. Chopra has already certified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
Regarding the Arjuna Award suggestions, Sumariwalla stated, “We imagine that Awards variety committee will imagine the truth that observe and box recreation is without doubt one of the maximum intensely competed even within the continent.
“It could also be essential to take into account that within the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, athletics accounted for 20 of 70 medals, together with part of 16 gold, received by way of Indian sportspersons,” he stated.
Deputy Chief Coach Radhakrishnan Nair, the one Indian to have finished the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme of the International Olympic Committee with honours, has been really helpful for the Dronacharya Award.
Kuldip Singh Bhullar, who received discus throw silver medal in 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, and sprinter Jincy Philip, who completed fourth in 2002 Asian Games in Busan, were nominated for the Dhyan Chand Award, given for lifetime fulfillment to those that neglected out on Arjuna Award right through their carrying profession.