Poonam Rani feels that the Nationwide Sports activities Awards Variety Committee isn’t “taking part in truthful”.© PTI
Indian ladies’s Hockey workforce’s Poonam Rani on Sunday expressed sadness with this yr’s Arjuna Award announcement and raised query over being ”left out” for the accolade. “I’m making an attempt for the Arjuna Award for the final 3 years. All of my fellow avid gamers have gained it however I’m being left out. I believe dangerous as a result of I’m additionally one of the most avid gamers who paintings exhausting and carry out for the rustic. If I would not have an manner, it does not imply I will’t be conferred with Arjuna Award,” Rani instructed ANI.
Hockey avid gamers Deepika and Akashdeep Singh were selected for this yr’s Arjuna Award. As many as 27 athletes were decided on to obtain the Arjuna Award this yr. Additionally, Indian ladies’s hockey workforce captain Rani Rampal will likely be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Rani additionally feels that the Nationwide Sports activities Awards Variety Committee isn’t “taking part in truthful” and there may be “favoritism”.
“I feel that there’s favoritism and the committee isn’t taking part in truthful as a result of, for the previous 3 years, my identify is being left out. Getting a medal in a workforce sport isn’t a very easy job. The avid gamers who’ve were given the award, I’m glad for them however the committee will have to have really helpful different deserving avid gamers as smartly,” she mentioned.
Arjuna Award is an honour bestowed through the Ministry of Adolescence Affairs and Sports activities to recognise the success of athletes. The award carries a money prize, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.
“I feel the choice of awards in workforce video games will have to be higher in order that excellent avid gamers too can obtain the awards. I’m additionally one of the most avid gamers of the workforce that has performed many tournaments. Others have were given the award however now not me. I’m additionally deserving, why I’m being left out?” Rani added.