CWG performance may be considered for Khel RatnaMay 15, 2018
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and Sanjitha Chanu’s long wait for a government sports award may soon come to an end, and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra could get first-time lucky to be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
In a good news for the Gold Coast CWG medallists who have applied for this year’s Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the sports ministry is planning to keep their impressive CWG performances in mind while deciding on the sporting honour, it’s been learnt.
The ministry, while taking into account India’s one of the best-ever CWG shows in terms of medal count, may request the soon-to-be constituted awards’ selection committee to include the CWG medallists’ fine show in Gold Coast while awarding them points for their performance in the last four-year cycle.
The ministry, it’s been learnt, could nominate two sportspersons for the Khel Ratna and three athletes for the Arjuna award as it reserves the rights to do so.
As per norms, a candidate’s performance of last four years up to December 31, 2017 will be taken into account to arrive at the total points accumulated by a sportsperson. However, the ministry could make an exception, like it did during the time of 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games, to consider their CWG performances.
In that scenario, strong contenders Mirabai, Neeraj, Sanjitha, star table tennis player Manika Batra, badminton star Kidambi Srikanth could benefit immensely.