National Sports Awards News
Indian women`s hockey team coach, Sjoerd Marijne, is happy that two players from the team are being recognized with National Awards this year. Rani Rampal becomes the first Indian Women`s Hockey player to be honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, country`s highest award for a sports person. Former Indian defender Deepika will receive the Arjuna Award this year.
Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik expressed her displeasure at missing out on the Arjuna award this year. Sakshi is the only woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal for the country, a feat she achieved at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Ministry decided against awarding the Arjuna Award to Sakshi as she has already been conferred with the Khel Ratna award.
Besides Rohit, only three more Indian cricketers namely Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have been honoured with Khel Ratna. Rohit became the first cricketer ever to notch up five centuries in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI World Cup in 2019. The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organized function through virtual mode on August 29, 2020.