New Delhi: The national sports awards 2019 was announced on Saturday and the names of Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik and top wrestler Bajrang Punia were have been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour. Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was recommended for the Arjuna award.
The sports ministry had formed a single committee for the selection of all the awardees across various sports and disciplines.
The other sportsmen who were recommended for the Arjuna award were Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics),Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), S. Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Sonia Lather(boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Simran Singh Shergill (polo).
Six names were recommended for the Dronacharya award, which is given to coaches for their outstanding coaching. Three each in regular and lifetime category were announced.
Vimal Kumar (Badminton), Sandeep Gupta (Table tennis) and Mohinder Singh Dhillon (Athletics) were recommended for the regular category whereas Mezban Patel (Hockey),
Rambir Singh khokar (Kabaddi) and Sanjay Bharadwaj (Cricket) were recommended
for the lifetime category.
Manuel Fredricks(Hockey), Arup Basak (Table tennis), Manoj Kumar (Wrestling), Nitten kirrtane(Tennis) and C. Lalremsanga (Archery) were recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award which is given for lifetime achievement in sports.