Hemant Rastogi, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Om. Light
Updated Mon, 01 Nov 2021 08:50 AM IST
Wrestler Ravi Dahiya, who won silver medal in Tokyo Olympics, has demanded Arjuna Award for himself. He has also written a letter to Sports Minister Anurag Thakur in this matter. Ravi Dahiya wrote in the letter that the award he deserves should be given to him first.
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Ravi had asked for the Arjuna Award on September 13 itself.
The special thing is that Ravi Dahiya had applied for the Arjuna Award even before getting the Olympic medal. After winning the Olympic medal, on September 13, he wrote a letter to the Sports Ministry requesting that he be given the Arjuna Award first. But he regrets that he was overlooked with this award. Ravi wrote to the Sports Minister that he had cited the example of Rio Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik. He did not get the Arjuna Award because he had been given the Khel Ratna. Nowhere in the government guidelines it is written that an Olympic medalist will not get the Arjuna Award. He has written that it is every sportsman’s dream to win the Arjuna Award.
Sakshi-Meera have also raised the issue
Apart from Ravi Dahiya, Tokyo Paralympic gold winner Sumit Antil and shooter Avani Lekhara also expressed their desire to be given Arjuna Award instead of Khel Ratna. Last year, both Olympic medalists Sakshi Malik and Mirabai Chanu had applied for the Arjuna Award despite becoming Khel Ratna, but the committee rejected both of them saying that when the country’s highest sporting honor has been awarded. If so, how can a prize of lesser seniority be given. This time too, there was a lot of discussion about this issue in the award committee, but in the end the decision was taken to give the Khel Ratna.