Neeraj Chopra Nominated For Khel Ratna; Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Arpinder Singh For Arjuna Award

Updated: 30 April 2019 23:18 IST

Neeraj Chopra is one of the very few world class track and field athletes India currently has.

Neeraj Chopra Nominated For Khel Ratna; Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Arpinder Singh For Arjuna Award
Neeraj Chopra won a gold in the Asian Games last year. © AFP

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in the Asian Games last year with a record throw, has been nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by the Athletics Federation of India. The 21-year-old Neeraj, one of the very few world class track and field athletes India currently has, was awarded the Arjuna Award last year after he won a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

He was also nominated for the Khel Ratna Award last year but was considered only for the Arjuna Award. After his gold-winning feat at the Asian Games last year with a national record throw of 88.06m, the AFI has re-nominated him for the Khel Ratna Award for this year.

"Neeraj Chopra has been re-nominated by the AFI this time also. He is the only one recommended for Khel Ratna from athletics," a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Five other track and field athletes have been nominated for Arjuna Awards. They are Asian Games gold winners Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (shot put), Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Manjit Singh (800m) and Swapna Barman (heptathlon), as well as Dutee Chand (silver in 100m and 200m).

Comments
Topics mentioned in this article Other Sports
Highlights
  • Chopra is one of the very few world class track and field athletes
  • He was also nominated for the Khel Ratna Award last year
  • Five other track and field athletes have been nominated for Arjuna Awards
Related Articles
Sprinter Dutee Chand Alleges Threat From Family Over Gay Relationship
Sprinter Dutee Chand Alleges Threat From Family Over Gay Relationship
IOA Will Talk To Govt After May 23 To Sort Pakistan Visa Issue: Secretary General
IOA Will Talk To Govt After May 23 To Sort Pakistan Visa Issue: Secretary General
Asian Power-Lifting Championship Gold Medallist Slams Government For Lack Of Support
Asian Power-Lifting Championship Gold Medallist Slams Government For Lack Of Support
Caster Semenya Loses Court Challenge Against IAAF Testosterone Rules
Caster Semenya Loses Court Challenge Against IAAF Testosterone Rules
Boxing Federation of India Nominates Amit Panghal, Gaurav Bidhuri For Arjuna Award Again
Boxing Federation of India Nominates Amit Panghal, Gaurav Bidhuri For Arjuna Award Again
Advertisement