Hurt at being misquoted about his stance on the National Sports Awards, ace cueist Pankaj Advani on Friday said he never took a jibe at any sportsperson and his critical remarks on Sania Mirza getting the Khel Ratna were nothing but a figment of somebody's imagination.
Tired of answering constant queries about her retirement plans, Olympic bronze-medallist and five-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom on friday pleaded to be left alone, saying she does not wish to call it quits.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would felicitate former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly and tennis ace Leander Paes with prestigious `Khel Ratna` awards for life-time achievement in their respective areas at a function on September 28.
Her case may be getting weaker with each passing day but a consensus is still awaited on discus thrower Krishna Poonia`s plea to be reconsidered for the country`s highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award, as the file is still with Sports Minister Jitendra Singh.
Urging the Indian Olympic Association to sort out its differences with the IOC through negotiations, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh today asked the administrators to put national interest first to ensure that the ban on India is revoked at the earliest.
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.
Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Sunday got more support for her recommendation for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Olympians, including London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, throwing their weight behind her.
It was a case of third time lucky for ace trap shooter Ronjon Sodhi, who said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country`s highest honour for a sportsperson, will only motivate him to achieve greater laurels for the country in future competitions.