Achanta Sharath Kamal nominated for Khel Ratna award

Table tennis champion and multiple Commonwealth Games medalist Achanta Sharath Kamal has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Khel Ratna award. It is India’s highest sporting award presented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It was renamed from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Prize last year.

Nominated players will receive their awards from the President of India at the Presidential Palace on the occasion of National Sports Day, which usually falls on August 29. Kamal will become the second TT player after Manika Batra to receive the award, according to Olympics.com. The 40-year-old has had a stellar 2022, winning three gold and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this year in August.

He is the only player to be nominated for the award this year by the Indian National Sports Awards Selection Committee, which recommended 11 players last year and five in 2020. Tokyo 2020 javelin champion Neeraj Chopra, badminton icon PV Sindhu and other top athletes such as Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya cannot be recommended for the honor as they have already won it in the past.

In addition, 25 players earned recommendations for Arjuna Awards. Some of the players include badminton star Lakshya Sen, boxing champion Nikhat Zareen, boxer Amit Panghal and three-time jumper Eldhose Paul, all gold medalists of CWG 2022, have been nominated for the award. Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma’s coach, Dinesh Lad, has earned a Dronacharya Award nomination in the ‘Lifetime’ category, while the nominees in the ‘Normal’ category are: Coach Sujit Mann of wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxing coach Mohammad Ali Qamar , archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja and rifle coach Suma Shirur (para shooting).

List of Indian athletes recommended for Arjuna Award for 2022 Seema Punia (athletics), Eldhose Paul (athletics), Avinash Sable (athletics), Lakshya Sen (badminton), HS Prannoy (badminton), Amit Panghal (boxing), Nikhat Zareen (boxing ) ) ), Bhakti Kulkarni (chess), R Praggnanandha (chess), Deep Grace Ekka (hockey), Shushila Devi (judo), Sakshi Kumari (kabaddi), Nayan Moni Saikia (lawn bowls), Sagar Ovhalkar (mallakhamb), Elavenil Valarivan (shooting), Om Prakash Mitharval (shooting), Sreeja Akula (table tennis), Vikas Thakur (weightlifting), Anshu Malik (wrestling), Sarita Mor (wrestling), Parveen (wushu), Manashi Joshi (para badminton), Tarun Dhillon ( for badminton), Swapnil Patil (for swimming), Jerlin Anika J (deaf badminton). (ANI)

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