Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and universe champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly endorsed for a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, while star pike thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for a Arjuna Awards.
Besides Chopra, other distinguished names endorsed for a Arjuna Awards were youth universe champion competitor Hima Das and Asian Games gold-medallist center stretch curtain Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, mixed Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra and Asian Games doubles gold-medallist tennis actor Rohan Bopanna.
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These recommendations are theme to capitulation by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Once validated by him, President Ram Nath Kovind will benefaction a awards on Sep 25 during a Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Kohli will turn a third Indian cricketer after a mythological Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and a talismanic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) once a sports method strictly accepts a committee’s recommendation.
“Yes, Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu’s names have been endorsed by a awards committee,” a tip source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
It is learnt that India’s tip masculine shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was also in Khel Ratna row for his good uncover in a Super Series Circuit final year yet mislaid out to a 24-year-old Chanu, who is a reigning universe champion in a 48kg category.
Asian Games gold-medallist fighter Amit Panghal was discussed yet a cabinet motionless opposite opposite recommending him due to a unsuccessful bone-head exam behind in 2012, a source told PTI.
Former Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar was a sole fighter to get a Arjuna honour this year.
Three shooters — Ravi Rathore, Ankur Mittal and Shreyasi Singh — also figured in list of 20 endorsed sportspersons while there were dual from para-sports — Ankur Dhama and Manoj Sarkar.
This year’s endowment rite was deferred to Sep 25 from a common Aug 19 National Sports Day eventuality due to strife of dates with a Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.
The Khel Ratna awardees are entitled to a money esteem of Rs 7.5 lakh, while a Arjuna winners are given Rs 5 lakh.
Kohli, a world’s No.1 Test batsman as per a ICC rankings, has been in miraculous form for a past 3 years and missed out notwithstanding nominations in a years 2016 and 2017.
The 29-year-old now has 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons.
With a total 58 tons in general cricket, he is second usually to Sachin Tendulkar (100) in a list of India’s tip century-scorers in general cricket.
The BCCI has been nominating Kohli for a Khel Ratna for a past 3 years yet in 2016, it was given to Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and Deepa Karmakar for their good uncover during a Rio Olympic Games.
Last year, a Khel Ratna was awarded to former India hockey captain Sardar Singh and para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia.
Kohli is one of those singular sportspersons, who has perceived Padma Shri endowment (2017) before Khel Ratna.
This year, Kohli was a favourite after carrying led India to victories opposite England and Australia during home and divided wins opposite West Indies and Sri Lanka.
The Indian group has also won limited-overs array in South Africa underneath Kohli’s leadership.
He is a member of a 2011 ICC World Cup and a 2013 ICC Champions Trophy winning team. He also led a group to a finals of a 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Kohli has also been a target of ICC’s ‘ODI Cricketer of a Year’ in 2012 and 2017 along with a sport’s top honour — a ICC Cricketer of a Year. Kohli has won a Indian Cricketer of a Year on 5 occasions.
He finished a new England array with a unusual 593 runs even yet it was not deliberate in a preference cycle.
For Chanu, a endowment comes as a large morale-booster as she is now recuperating from a reduce behind injury, that forced her to skip a Asian Games in Jakarta.
She is a stream Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and India’s usually award wish in weightlifting going into a 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Recommendations:
Virat Kohli (cricket) and Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting).
Arjuna Award Recommendations:
Neeraj Chopra (Athletics); Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics); N Sikki Reddy (Badminton); Satish Kumar (Boxing); Smriti Mandhana (Cricket); Shubankar Sharma (Golf); Manpreet Singh (Hockey); Savita (Hockey); Ravi Rathore (Polo); Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting); Ankur Mittal (Shooting); Shreyashi Singh (Shooting); Manika batra (Table Tennis); G Sathiyan (Table Tennis); Rohan Bopanna (Tennis); Sumit (Wrestling); Pooja Kadian (Wushu); Ankur Dhama (Para athletics); Manoj Sarkar (Para badminton).
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