With eight para-sports personalities set to acquire the National Sports Awards this 12 months, Deepa Malik, the president of the Paralympic Committee of India on Saturday acknowledged that it is a matter of good delight that such an unprecedented number of athletes have been recognised by the Sports Ministry. Paralympics gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu will most likely be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna whereas para-athlete Sandeep Chaudhary, para-shooter Manish Narwal and para-swimmer Suyash Jadhav have their names throughout the 27 Arjuna awardees document.
“It is a matter of great pride for the para-sports fraternity and it comes with a lot of gratitude for each and everyone for recognising efforts of para-sports and making it more mainstream, it is a matter of happiness because I have seen struggles of para-athletes, they all have defeated social taboos every now and then,” Malik instructed ANI.
“It is a misconception that there is lack of competition, we are shortlisted on quota allocation and only on world rankings so reaching world events is not that easy for us, only limited athletes reach the top level and people think there is lack of competition,” she added.
Mariyappan is simply the third Indian para-athlete to be awarded the Khel Ratna award after former Paralympic medallists Devendra Jhajharia and Deepa Malik.
Para-badminton coach Gaurav Khanna may be getting recognition this 12 months as he’ll most likely be awarded the Dronacharya Award.
Indian para-powerlifting nationwide coach Vijay Munishwar has his title throughout the document for the Dronacharya Lifetime award for his corporations to the sport. While J Ranjit Kumar and Sathya Prakash Tiwari have been named throughout the document of 15 Dhyan Chand recipients document.
“Ever since the conception of these awards, the growth of sports has increased, the broad-line has become more widespread, its time to give more awards and recognitions if we want to develop a sporting culture in the country,” Malik acknowledged.
“Now, between the IPC and IOC, there is an agreement of being together, even the logos and even the names will be written as Olympic Paralympic Games. We do not have a charity sport, each and every category there is an award and all are across different sports. Everyone is deserving, all our coaches have Olympic medals,” she added.
Manika Batra (Table Tennis), Mariyappan T. (Para-Athletics), Rohit Sharma (Cricket), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling) and Rani Rampal (Hockey) will most likely be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award this 12 months.
Sprinter Dutee Chand, cricketer Ishant Sharma, and shooter Manu Bhaker are among the many many 27 athletes who will most likely be conferred with the Arjuna Award.
National Sports Awards which embrace the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the Arjuna award, the Dronacharya award, and the Dhyan Chand award, are conferred on athletes yearly by the President of India on the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29, the National Sports Day.
However, this 12 months, the names will be launched by President Ram Nath Kovind nearly due to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
“The ceremony will take place virtually but what we will have to see how the exact process would pan out,” a provide all through the Sports Ministry had instructed ANI.