Khel Ratna: Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia suggested for top award


Two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia turned into the main paralympian to be suggested for the nation’s most elevated donning honor – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna grant. Jhajharia’s name was suggested alongside previous Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh.

The 36-year-old Jhajharia, who is the principal Indian to win two Paralympic gold decorations (Athens 2004 and Rio 2016), was the main decision of the honors choice advisory group headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. Jhajharia won his awards in the spear toss (F 46) occasion.

Previous Indian hockey group chief and midfielder Sardar Singh. (Getty Images)

The panel has picked 31-year-old hockey midfielder Sardar as its second chosen one for the best respect and has recommended that both Jhajharia and Sardar be considered for the honor mutually.

The last approach this would be taken by the Union Sports Ministry.

In addition, the honors determination board has prescribed 17 names for the Arjuna grant.

The rundown incorporates Indian cricket group consistent Cheteshwar Pujara, ladies’ group World Cup star Harmanpreet Kaur, Paralympic medallists Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, golfer SSP Chawrasia and hockey player SV Sunil.


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