AFI recommends Neeraj Chopra for Khel Ratna, several others for various categories; Dutee Chand recommended by Odisha govt for Arjuna
New Delhi: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was on Saturday recommended for the coveted Khel Ratna Award. The recommendation came by the committee constituted by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the third time in a row.
Chopra has already being conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Khel Ratna Award carries a medallion, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.
Javelin thrower Annu Rani and four-time Commonwealth Games medallist Seema Antil Punia also have been recommended for the Arjuna Award.
The federation has also nominated legendary athlete turned coach PT Usha and India youth team coach, Sanjay Garnaik for the Dronacharya Award.
The AFI also recommended Bobby Aloysius, Kuldeep Singh Bhullar and Jata Shankar for the Dhyanchand Award, while sending TP Ouseph’s name to the ministry for life-time achievement award.
Top sprinter Dutee Chand, who won a gold in the World University Games in 2019 and two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Games (one each in 100m and 200m), has already been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the Odisha government.