Khel Ratna: Suspense remains over Krishna Poonia`s inclusion
New Delhi: The Sports Ministry is expected to take a decision on Tuesday on ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia`s plea to include her name for the prestigious Khel Ratna award besides also deciding on the final list of Arjuna awardees.
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh today had one round of meeting with his secretary P K Deb and Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson and decided to meet again tomorrow for a final decision.
"No names have been approved yet. We had one round of discussions today with the Minister but the discussions remained inconclusive," Deb told to media.
"We are again meeting tomorrow to discuss the names and will take a final call," he added.
With Monday`s meeting remaining inconclusive, suspense continued on whether Poonia will also be named by the Sports Minister by exercising his prerogative along with double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, whose name was recommended by the selection panel on August 13.
The Sports Minister was also to take a call regarding the case of national volleyball player Tom Joseph whose name was reportedly approved initially by the selection panel for Arjuna Award only to be dropped later in the absence of SAI officials.
There are also indications that 2012 London Paralympics silver medallist H N Girisha could also be considered for the Arjuna Award, if not recommended for the Khel Ratna.
It is learnt that Girisha will meet the Sports Minister on Wednesday regarding his case.
Girisha had written a letter to the Sports Minister on August 13 itself, saying that he should also be considered for the Khel Ratna. He had said that he should at least be considered for the Arjuna Award this year and for Khel Ratna next year.