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.
Robbed of some sheen due to selection controversies this year, the National Sports Awards were presented on Saturday to the country`s top athletes and coaches with shooter Ronjan Sodhi getting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- the country`s highest sporting honour -- while cricketer Virat Kohli was among the 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.
Former India cricket captain Ravi Shastri today rejected criticism for not attending the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards committee meeting, saying that he was never informed by the Sports Ministry about it.
After making it amply clear that BCCI was left out when various awards nominations were sought from sports bodies, the Sports Ministry has now claimed that it indeed sent a letter to the Indian Cricket Board.
Unlike in the past, the sports ministry did not send the proforma applications and cicrular seeking names for Arjuna, and other important awards from the BCCI, reflecting the cold war that is raging between the two sides.