Merit shadow on national sports awards choices
Sukhdev Singh Pannu won the Dronacharya Award in 2018 for the impressive performances of his ward, triple jumper and Jakarta Asian Games gold medal winner Arpinder Singh.
Cut to 2020, Arpinder’s agonizing wait only grows longer as the credentials that got his coach a national recognition weren’t good enough to fetch him an Arjuna Award.
The names picked for the national sports awards have raised several eyebrows with officials and athletes wondering whether merit had been given due recognition.
Asian Games bronze medallist in the mixed team event and Commonwealth Games individual gold medallist, Manika Batra, is one of the five persons recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
This, when she got the Arjuna Award in 2018 for the same performances which have been considered as the yardstick to get the country’s highest sporting honor.