Asian Games, Commonwealth Games gold
Bajrang Punia’s call was finalized with the aid of a 12-member selection committee on the hole day of a two-day meeting.
Bajrang had closing yr received the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle occasion at the Asian Games held in Jakarta.
He had also won the gold medal inside the identical class on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
New Delhi: Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia was on Friday nominated for u. S .’s maximum wearing honor — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, a yr after he threatened to move courtroom for no longer getting his due.
His name became finalized through a 12-member selection committee on the opening day of a -day assembly. The panel contains the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and MC Mary Kom among others and is headed by way of Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma.
“Bajrang has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award. His name was a unanimous choice,” a source near the development informed PTI.
The source additionally said that the panel may additionally upload another athlete for the top honors on Saturday except finalizing the names for the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards.
Bajrang had threatened to move courtroom after he was snubbed for the Khel Ratna award last 12 months regardless of being a gold-medallist in each the Asian and Commonwealth Games.
On getting the nod on Friday, Bajrang asserted that he is a meriting candidate of the award.
“My process is to educate hard and compete difficultly. My focus has usually been on my performance and now not awards. But the popularity does come your way when you do well,” Bajrang told PTI from Georgia, wherein he is education for the World Championships.
“I had the achievements to deserve this award. I even have usually said that awards need to go to the most deserving ones.”
Bajrang had closing yr won the gold medal inside the sixty five-kg freestyle event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta.
He had additionally won the gold medal within the same category on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Besides, he’s a two-time medallist at the world championships and a strong medal hope for India at subsequent year’s Tokyo Olympics.
While Bajrang won a bronze in 60kg in 2013 World Championships, he bettered his feat remaining year by way of bagging a silver inside the 65kg class.
He welcomed the popularity, however, Bajrang stated he would not recollect it a motivation in advance of the World Championships to be held from September 14 to 22 at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
“My attention has continually been on making ready for the big degree however yes, reputation makes you happy. It is simply an awesome information weeks earlier than the World Championship,” he stated.
“I don’t need motivation from out of doors, I am stimulated to do nicely on the World Championships in Kazakhstan. It (award) does not make any difference to my arrangements. Putting on pleasant overall performance is my focus and it’ll remain.”
Bajrang is only the fourth wrestler to be finalized for the Khel Ratna award after Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is the very best carrying honor of u. S. And comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 7.Five lakh.
It is part of National Sports Awards bestowed on the event of National Sports Day by way of the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.