Indian boxer Manoj Kumar caused a stir recently when he lashed out at former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, who led the committee that refused to give the coveted Arjuna award to the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Having taken the legal route after being denied the honour initially, boxer Manoj Kumar will be finally receiving the prestigious Arjuna Award from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Wednesday.
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) entered the prequarters after getting a walkover but Manoj Kumar (64kg) bowed out with an opening round loss on a mixed day for Indian boxers at the Asian Games here today.
After a disappointing show by the Indian men and women grapplers in the freestyle category, the country's Greco-Roman wrestlers came up with a better showing in the ongoing FILA World Championship, here today.
Yet to get a promotion in Railways promised four years ago, boxer Manoj Kumar, who recently sued the Sports Ministry after being denied the Arjuna award, has now written to Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda pleading his case.
Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here in a ceremony which was severely short on star power.
The Centre on Thursday said the case of boxer Manoj Kumar, who challenged the Arjuna Award committee's decision to not consider him for the honour, will be placed before the panel again and irrespective of its decision, the Sports Ministry will consider his eligibility for the award.
The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre's response on a boxer's plea challenging the Arjuna Award committee's decision to not consider him for the coveted honour. Justice Vibhu Bakhru directed the Sports Ministry to produce records on both the composition of the committee and the criteria used by the panel for choosing Arjuna awardees.
Feeling "insulted" after his name was not added to this year’s list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar filed a petition against Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Arjuna Award committee in Delhi High Court on Monday.
Manoj Kumar`s elder brother Rajesh Kumar, who also coached the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, on Tuesday lashed out at the Kapil Dev-led selection committee for sticking to its stand of not considering the boxer for the Arjuna Awards and called it a "conspiracy".
The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan and squash player Anaka Alankamony for the prestigious Arjuna Awards stands after the Kapil Dev-led selection committee met again today and decided not to make any changes in the original 15-athlete list.
Sumit Sangwan began his campaign at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a comfortable 3-0 win over Mohammed Hakimu Fumu as the Indian pugilist reached the quarterfinals of the Men`s Light Heavy 81kg category, here Sunday.