Every year the National Sports Award Ceremony is conducted to honour the country’s great sportspersons. Here is the complete list of nominees of the National Award 2019 (Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards) across all sports.
The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has recommended Indian pacers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, women’s team spinner Poonam Yadav, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as nominees for the Arjuna award.
Indian boxer Amit Panghal, gold medallist in Asian Games 2018 has been nominated for Arjuna award by the Boxing Federation of India.
Javelin thrower and a gold medallist in the Asian Games last year with a record throw, Neeraj Chopra has been nominated for the Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by the Athletics Federation of India.
There are five track and field athletes nominated for Arjuna Awards. They are Asian Games gold winners Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (shot put), Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Manjit Singh (800m) and Swapna Barman (heptathlon), as well as Dutee Chand (silver in 100m and 200m).
The Football’s national governing body recommends national football team’s best players, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the Arjuna award.
Heena Sidhu, an experienced Indian shooter, ranked number 1 in the world in 2014 has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award by the National shooting federation.
Along with Heena, the National shooting federation also suggested the names of ace shooter Ankur Mittal for the Khel Ratna award. For the Arjuna award, they recommend Anjum Moudgil (rifle), Shahzar Rizvi (pistol) and Om Prakash Mitharwal (pistol).
Boxing Federation of India recommends World Championships Bronze medalist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games Gold medalist Amit Panghal for #ArjunaAward. Women’s asst coach Sandhya Gurung & former women’s chief coach Shiv Singh recommended for #DronacharyaAward. pic.twitter.com/t7cltyzYh4
— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019
The Boxing Federation of India also recommended Gaurav Bidhuri and Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award.
The Wrestling Federation of India has recommended Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punja and Vinesh Phogat for the Khel Ratna award this year. The WFI has also suggested names of Rahul Aware, Harpreet Singh, Divya Kakran and Pooja Dhanda for the Arjuna Award.
The Table Tennis Federation of India has recommended Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Madhurika Patkar for the Arjuna Awards.