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Rohit Sharma likely to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

The National Sports Awards Committee has recommended Indian cricket opener, Rohit Sharma, for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Other than the batsman, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Table Tennis player Manika Batra and Paralympic gold-medallist Mariappan Thangavelu could also receive the country’s highest sporting honour.

While Rohit has been recognised for his accomplishments with the bat, Vinesh has been in the eye for her gold medals in the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games. She had even won bronze in the 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships.

As for Thangavelu got the recognition for his gold medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the T42 high jump category.

The committee which includes Virender Sehwag and former hockey captain Sardar Singh met at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters in New Delhi.

This is the second time since 2016 that four athletes have been finalised for the award. In 2016, shuttler P V Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shooter Jitu Rai, and wrestler Sakshi Malik were given the top honours.