Global Championship bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat is ready to be nominated for Khel Ratna for the second one 12 months in a row whilst Rio Olympic bronze winner Sakshi Malik needs to be in competition for the Arjuna award, even supposing she is already a recipient of nation’s best possible carrying honour. Vinesh, who’s the lone girl wrestler to have certified for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, had overlooked out at the honour closing 12 months with fellow grappler Bajrang Punia getting the distinguished award. She has been constant within the closing 3 years, profitable Asian Video games gold in Jakarta. She certified for the Tokyo Video games through profitable a bronze on the Global Championship in Nur Sultan in 2019. Early this 12 months, she gained a bronze on the Asian Championship, held in New Delhi.
“We will be able to ship Vinesh’s software on Monday for Khel Ratna. She can be a robust contender. However now we have no longer but made up our minds on Arjuna award software as a result of now we have gained many packages. The WFI President will take a look and come to a decision whose software is to be forwarded to the ministry,” WFI Assiatant Secretary Vinod Tomar advised PTI.
“We nonetheless have time until June three. However in all probability the names can be despatched the next day (Monday),” he added.
A WFI supply stated Sakshi, who has been suffering badly of overdue, has despatched her software for the Arjuna. She had were given Khel Ratna in 2016 in conjunction with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. Just lately she misplaced two times to younger grappler Sonam Malik, who stopped the elite athlete from making the minimize even for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers.
It’s going to be fascinating to peer if WFI sends her title since 2019 Global Championship silver medallist Deepak Punia (86kg) and very-talented Rahul Mindful (61kg, non-olympic class) have additionally despatched their packages for the Arjuna.
“She had no success ahead of the Rio Video games, so her title used to be no longer despatched for Arjuna. Since she gained a bronze in Rio, she (immediately) were given the Khel Ratna that point. Now she needs the Arjuna award as neatly,” the supply stated.
If WFI is going through efficiency, it is going to no longer ship Sakshi’s title as a result of higher performers like Deepak Punia and Rahul Mindful stand a greater likelihood to get the award as they’re going to compete with sensible athletes from different disciplines.
Additionally sending his software to WFI for the Arjuna is Sandeep Tomar, who used to be a robust candidate within the 57kg ahead of the upward push of Ravi Dahiya, the 2019 Global Championship bronze medallist.
Whilst software need to be stuffed through the athletes, it’s the nationwide federation that has to counsel names for the sports activities awards to the ministry. The athletes can nonetheless ship their packages if their shape is recommended through their state unit or a former nationwide awardee — Arjuna, Khel Ratna, Dhyan Chand or or Dronacharya.
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