NEW DELHI: Paralympic silver-medallistDeepa Malikon Thursday became the principle Indian lady para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred theRajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardbut coaching commitments saved co-awardeeBajrang Puniaa ways off from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, change into once joint winner of the head honour with Asian and Commonwealth Video games champion Punia, who is in Russia to put together for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan.
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Malik became handiest the 2nd para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to non-public won the well-liked award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to non-public claimed the glory.
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“I am more than pleased. This total dash has been more about changing the perspective of of us in the direction of disability and the hidden ability in of us with disability,” Malik said.
“I specialize in the award goes to be a well-known inspiration to females athletes in disability. It took 70 years for just India to verify a medal by a lady athlete in Paralympics,” she added.
Nationwide Sports activities Awards: Elite stars on a hit the coveted awards
World Championships bronze-medallist shuttlerB Sai Praneeth, lady cricketer Poonam Yadav, Asian Video games gold-winner heptathlete Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, two-time world silver-medallist boxer Sonia Lather, Asian Video games silver-medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza, motorsports ace Gaurav Gill and Kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur were amongst the 19 sportspersons who received theArjuna Awardfrom PresidentRam Nath Kovindright here.
Malik became fourth-time fortunate as she change into once skipped over for the award for the past three years, main her to inquire and criticise the choice.
Prominent absentees from the event other than Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Video games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Buddy Singh Toor, and silver-winner quartermiler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna Award this three hundred and sixty five days.
Jadeja is at demonstrate on national responsibility with the Indian Take a look at team in the Caribbean, whereas Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-relate athletics meet in Lucknow factual now.
The Nationwide Sports activities Awards are given on August 29 yearly to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey fable Main Dhyan Chand.
India national males’s soccer team goalkeeper Gurpreet said his Arjuna Award will encourage the long speed know-how.
“I favor to dedicate this award to the seniors who made this that it is seemingly you’ll maybe maybe be ready to specialize in of for me. This award is for the long speed know-how of Indian soccer. I hope this will maybe maybe act as a catalyst to encourage them,” he said.
Heptathlete Swapna Barman said a hit the Arjuna Award change into once a dream-advance-factual 2nd for her.
“It be a dream-advance-factual 2nd for me. I would want to thank the Athletics Federation of India for recommending my title. This award will encourage me to invent bigger issues in future,” she said.
While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh every alongside with citations.
Moreover the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay Nationwide Dash awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.
Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Sports activities Seceretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya, Sports activities Authority of India Director Traditional Sandeep Pradhan, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and Secretary Traditional Rajeev Mehta were just some of the dignitaries most up-to-date at the feature.
Listing of Awardees:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling)
Arjuna Awards:Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (soccer), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (taking pictures), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Buddy Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports).
Dronacharya Award (routine category):Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).
Dronacharya Award (lifetime category):Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey).
Dhyan Chand Award:Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey).