Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Pramod Bhagat has been recommended for Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award along with 10 other medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020.
Bhagat, a four-time world championship gold medalist, defeated Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell at Tokyo Paralympics, to win India’s historic gold in Para Badminton’s debut at the event.
Bhagat is the first sportsperson/athlete from Odisha to have been nominated for the highest sporting honour, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna (Sport Jewel) which was formerly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Neeraj Chopra who scripted history in Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning the men’s javelin throw final has also been recommended for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award along with other medal winners including Ravi Dahiya, PR Sreejesh and Lovlina Borgohain. The National sports awards committee has also recommended 35 athletes for the Arjuna Award.
Veteran Indian women’s cricketer Mithali Raj was also named for the top honour along with Sunil Chhetri, who has become the first Indian footballer to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour.
Indian Paralympian Avani Lekhara, who had become the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Paralympics, has also been recommended for the Khel Ratna Award. Sumit Antil – who won a gold medal in F64 para javelin throw at Paralympics 2020, has also been recommended for the Khel Ratna.
Along with this, 35 Indian athletes have also been recommended for the Arjuna Award.
Below is the full list of 11 Indian athletes who have been recommended for the Khel Ratna Award:
Neeraj Chopra (Athletics)
Ravi Dahiya (Wrestling)
PR Sreejesh (Hockey)
Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing)
Sunil Chhetri (Football)
Mithali Raj (Cricket)
Pramod Bhagat (Badminton)
Sumit Antil (Javelin)
Avani Lekhara (Shooting)
Krishna Nagar (Badminton)
M Narwal (Shooting)