Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik on Friday got here down closely on the Sports activities Ministry for leaving her identify out of the ultimate record of Arjuna awardees.
The Ministry determined towards bestowing the Arjuna on Sakshi and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu as the 2 have already been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Talking to IANS, Sakshi stated she is upset with the federal government for ignoring her achievements.
“I at all times needed to be known as as Arjuna awardee Sakshi Malik. The athletes do every little thing to win such accolades. She or he needs to win all of the awards. That is what motivates us.
“I do not know what I ought to do to win the Arjuna award. I’m blissful to be conferred with the Khel Ratna award in 2016. And I respect it too. However I at all times needed Arjuna. That was my dream,” a fuming Sakshi stated.
Final week, the Justice (retd) Mukundakam Sharma-led choice committee had advisable 29 names for the Arjuna award to the Sports activities Ministry. The record additionally included Sakshi and 2017 weightlifting world champion Mirabai, however the choice of bestowing the Arjuna on them was left to the discretion of Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju.
This was as a result of the truth that they’d already gained the Khel Ratna, the nation’s highest sporting honour.
Athletes who will obtain Arjuna award this 12 months are: Atanu Das (archery), Dutee Chand (athletics), Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty (badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (basketball), Subedar Manish Kaushik, Lovlina Borgohain (boxing), Ishant Sharma, Deepti Sharma (cricket), Sawant Ajay Anant (equestrian), Sandesh Jhingan (soccer), Aditi Ashok (golf), Akashdeep Singh, Deepika (hockey), Deepak (kabaddi), Kale Sarika Sudhakar (Kho Kho), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (rowing), Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary (taking pictures), Madhurika Suhas Patkar (desk tennis), Divij Sharan (tennis), Shiva Keshavan (winter sports activities), Divya Kakran, Rahul Conscious (wrestling), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (para swimming), Sandeep (para athletics) and Manish Narwal (para taking pictures).
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