Dutee Chand is the primary Indian athlete to win within the Global College Video games.© AFP
Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Saturday mentioned the Arjuna Award will encourage her for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics and it’s going to additionally encourage younger athletes to pick out up a recreation. The Sports activities Ministry on Friday showed that 5 athletes will obtain the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award whilst 27 athletes will likely be conferred with the Arjuna Award on August 29 on the Nationwide Sports activities Awards rite. Batsman Rohit Sharma, Mariyappan T. (Para-Athletics), Manika Batra (Desk Tennis), Vinesh (Wrestling) and Rani (Hockey) will likely be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Chand, shuttler Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, cricketer Ishant Sharma and shooter Manu Bhaker are a few of the 27 athletes who will likely be conferred with the Arjuna Award.
“To start with, I wish to thank the state executive for recommending me for this yr’s Arjuna Awards. I am more than happy and proud that I will be able to get the celebrated award in 2020. I’ve labored arduous for this and bagged many medals within the ultimate 3 years,” Chand instructed ANI.
Additional, she thanked the Athletics Federation of India, Sports activities Authority of India and KIIT Basis for lending their enhance in her adventure.
“Those awards encourage athlete to reach extra in upcoming tournaments. It is going to encourage me for the following yr’s Tokyo Olympics and it’s going to act as an inspiration for younger athletes. I will be able to take a look at arduous to win extra medals for the rustic and make India proud,” Chand mentioned.
Alternatively, the 24-year-old is but to qualify for the following yr’s quadrennial match. She’s going to attempt to seize an Olympic berth in a qualification match.
“I’d urge kids to pick out up a recreation whilst pursuing your research as it’s going to stay you are compatible and you should make your nation proud within the box of sports activities,” the sprinter added.
Her greatest wins got here in 2018 on the Asian Video games the place she picked up a silver in each 100 m and 200 m races. She had received bronze medals in 100m and 4x100m relay on the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. She is the primary Indian athlete to win within the Global College Video games.
The awardees will obtain their awards from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind at a specifically arranged serve as throughout the digital mode from Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29.