Khel Ratna Awards

  • Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia slams Khel Ratna snub August 13, 2014

    Jhajharia, who won a gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, said there is no encouragement for para athletes in India. ...
  • Sports Ministry confirms Ronjan Sodhi is 2013 Khel Ratna awardee August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Rejecting discuss thrower Krishna Poonia claims for a joint award, the Indian Sports Ministry on Thursday confirmed shooter Ronjan Sodhi as the 2013 Khel Ratna awardee. The recommendation made by the selection panel headed by the former World billiards champion Michael Ferreira comprising eminent sportsperson. However,...
  • Khel Ratna controversy: No breakthrough in Krishna Poonia issue August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Her case may be getting weaker with each passing day but a consensus is still awaited on discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to be reconsidered for the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award, as the file is still with sports minister Jitendra Singh. Though it is certain...
  • I was only raising my voice against wrong done to me: Poonia August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Discuss thrower Krishna Poonia on Wednesday rubbished allegations that she had lobbied for the prestigious Khel Ratna award, saying she was only raising her voice against the "injustice" meted out to her. "I want to clarify that I was not doing any lobbying. Wrong has been done to me,...
  • Political interference, lobbying delays Khel Ratna Award August 21, 2013

    A panel headed by Michael Ferreira had chosen shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the award but discus-thrower Krishan Poonia has revolted against it. ...
  • I have never lobbied for the Khel Ratna Award: Ronjan Sodhi August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out after the controversy that engulfed his nomination for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, shooter Ronjan Sodhi on Tuesday said he was anguished by the intense lobbying that had gone on for the award after his name was nominated. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Sodhi insisted...
  • Suspense remains on Krishna Poonia for Khel Ratna August 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry is expected to take a decision on Tuesday on ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to include her name for the prestigious Khel Ratna award besides also deciding on the final list of Arjuna awardees. Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday had one round of...
  • Olympians and Arjuna awardees support Poonia for Khel Ratna August 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Sunday got ore support for her recommendation for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Olympians, including London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, throwing their weight behind her. Prominent Olympians and Arjun awardees were of the view that Poonia should also be...
  • Wrestler Sushil throws his weight behind Poonia August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Wednesday threw his weight behind ace woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who cried foul after double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Sushil came up with the suggestion that Poonia and Sodhi be jointly conferred...
  • Battle over Khel Ratna worsens August 14, 2013

    A day after Indian double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was selected for the Khel Ratna, discus thrower Krishna Poonia and London Paralympics silver medallist Girisha have alleged that the selection criteria for the award was manipulated. ...
  • Poonia, Paralympian Girisha doubt the process to award Khel Ratna August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: India's discus-thrower Krishna Poonia has claimed that voting for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, which was on Tuesday decided by the government to be conferred upon double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, is manipulated. Joining Poonia in that uproar after being ignored is Paralympics silver medallist Girisha Nagarajegowda,...
  • Questions raised over process of Sodhi's recommendation August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The recommendation of shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday sparked off a controversy with some members of the selection panel raising questions about the process of his selection. It is learnt that Sodhi's name was not there when the majority of members decided to...
  • Ronjan Sodhi to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Double Trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi has been chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson. He is the seventh Indian shooter to receive the award. Sodhi, 35, won two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at...
  • No name from BCCI for Khel Ratna award June 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI this year hasn't forwarded any name for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest honour for active sportspersons in the country, since the cricket board didn't find any fitting cricketer for the award. The BCCI has recommended dashing batsman Virat Kohli's name for the Arjuna...
  • Sardar Singh recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna May 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Saturday recommended Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Sardar has been the captain of the men's team since Nov 2012 and under him, India reached the semifinals of Champions Trophy at Melbourne last year after 30 years. India also won the silver at...
  • Vijay, Yogeshwar to get Khel Ratna Award August 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Olympic heroes, shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt were on Saturday jointly recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest sporting honour. The names of pistol shooter Vijay Kumar, who won a silver in the 25m rapid fire event at the London Olympics and...
  • Khel Ratna has brought added pressure: Narang October 12, 2011

    New Delhi: India's ace shooter Gagan Narang on Tuesday said that the pressure of performing at the 2012 London Olympics will be greater after being recommended for this year's Rajiv Khel Ratna Award, the country's highest sporting honour. Narang, who was the first Indian shooter to book a London berth, said...
  • Gagan Narang threatens to skip CWG August 6, 2010

    New Delhi: Overlooked for the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's ace shooter Gagan Narang on Friday said he was demotivated and was thinking to skip the New Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG) this October. "Well, I am quite disappointed and really don't know if I have the motivation to continue...
  • List of Arjuna, Drona and Khel Ratna awardees declared July 20, 2009

    New Delhi: For the first time more than two sportsperson may be awarded the country's highest sporting award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Beijing Games bronze medalists, boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar along with four-time women's world boxing champion M C Marykom have been recommended for the Khel Ratna. Sports ministry...