No Khel Ratna for Poonia

Sports ministry disapproves of the suggestion to consider athlete Krishna Poonia for the award.


The Sports ministry decided to carry on with its decision of awarding shooter Ronjan Sodhi with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. It did not approve of the suggestion made by Union Sports minister Jitendra Singh to consider, instead or along with, athlete Krishna Poonia for the award.  A senior official at the ministry said “We looked into their grievances and that was the reason why we delayed the announcement of the awards. But we found that only one sportsperson can get the award. There are no changes in the recommendations made by the committee and we will announce it today (Thursday).” Two members of the committee were livid that it has become a fashion for athletes to question the decisions taken by eminent sports persons after taking into account all the available material of a claimant.


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