former Indian hockey player Sardar Singh and Rio Paralympics Gold medal winner Devendra Jhajharia have been recommended for the top sporting honour of the country. The duo is likely to be awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for their extraordinary service in the field of sports.
Sardar Singh had a long successful career with the Indian hockey team, leading them to Bronze medal in the 2015 Hockey world League and silver finishes twice in the Commonwealth Games. Singh is termed as one of the finest to have graced Indian hockey. The former Indian skipper was also awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of India, in 2015.
Paralympian Jhajharia on the other hand is a two time gold winner at the Paralympics. He won his first Gold medal at Athens Paralympics in 2004. The Javelin thrower earned his second Gold at the Rio Paralympics, 2016. Jhajharia is the first ever Para athlete to be awarded the prestigious honour.
Meanwhile Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara along with his women’s counterpart Harmanpreet Kaur and paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu are among the 12 athletes shortlisted for Arjuna award.