India's tennis ace Sania Mirza on Saturday said it was a 'huge honour' to be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the recognition will push her further to do well on the professional tour and next year's Rio Olympics.
The 2012 London Paralympics silver medallist Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda on Wednesday expressed his dissatisfaction over the manner in which Sania Mirza was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Vikas Gowda has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna for the second time along with his female counterpart and CWG champion Seema Punia for the coveted award this year.
Seeking to steer clear of the furore that was triggered by Saina Nehwal's open displeasure at being ignored for the Padma awards, ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang said he would prefer to wait for the government to take a call on such matters.
The 17th Asian Games has been a "special" one for India's compound archery team, including young Abhishek Verma, and the Delhi archer feels the four medal haul will at last give the "less talked about" compound archers their due recognition in the country.
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.
Twenty-year-old squash player Anaka Alankamony is not a national champion, her ranking has slipped from a career high 59 to 151 in the last four years and she has not done anything notable on the professional tour to have her name recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award.
London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar, undergoing treatment for a neck injury, is desperate to avoid a race against time ahead of the World Championships and Asiad, stage where he would look to make amends for his shocking exit at Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
With an aim to avoid controversy on giving away sports awards, the government today decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.