New Delhi, September 17: Cricketer Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu have been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. While star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards.
According to ANI, the news has been confirmed by Arjuna Award committee sources.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier in April nominated Indian skipper for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour. Kohli’s name was also sent in 2016 but being the Olympic year, the three stars of Rio, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Deepa Karmakar were conferred with the award.
Though not playing in the ongoing Asia Cup, Kohli currently leads the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. If awarded, Kohli will become the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) to receive the honour.
Chanu was recommended for the prestigious award following her gold medal in the 48kg category at the World Championships last year. She also bagged the gold medal in this year’s Commonwealth Games but didn’t compete at the Asian Games due to injury.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honour in India. The award is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and is annually given by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Para Athlete Devendra Jhajharia and Hockey player Sardar Singh were recipients of the award in 2017.
(ZeeNews With Agency inputs)