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Deepa Malik wins Khel Ratna

August 18, 2019

Para-athlete Deepa Malik is one of the sporting talent of India who have been nominated for the highest sporting honour, the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia has also been nominated for the Khel Ratna while cricketer Ravindra Jadeja is among the 19 sportspersons who have been nominated for Arjuna Award.

Some of the other names are Poonam Yadav, athlete Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.

The nomination process is carried out by a 12-member award selection committee and the list was announced yesterday.

Para-Olympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been conferred the Padma Shri and Arjuna award for her contribution to para sports. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games and has won a grand total of 58 national and 23 international medals.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia recently won the gold medal by defeating Iran's Peiman Bibyani in the 65kg final of the men's free style competition and had earlier won the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi'an, China. He holds the number one rank in the world in the 65 kg category.

Apart from an excellent performance in respective sports the other parameters that are considered for the awards are leadership qualities, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.

Three coaches have been nominated for the Dronacharya Award in regular category and three for the Dronacharya Award in lifetime category.

Many people took to social media to congratulate the nominees.

Congratulations..!!to @DeepaAthlete and @BajrangPunia to get selected for #RajivGandhiKhelRatna award. Both players are exemplary performers and bring many laurels to the nation. Deepa Malik won Silver in Rio Olympics and Bajrang Punia is a Asian and commonwealth gold medalist," tweeted Amit Bansal.

Kumar Gaurav @iamkumargauravv tweeted," Paralympics silver medallist @DeepaAthlete (Deepa Malik) nominated for the country's highest sporting honour the #RajivGandhiKhelRatna award -- along with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler @BajrangPunia. Few months back Deepa Joined @BJP4India

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