The Badminton Association of India (BAI) recommended the names of K. Srikanth and Sai Praneeth for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. For the Arjuna Award, BAI nominated HS Pranay, Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sameer Verma.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs had decided earlier to extend the deadline for submitting applications for the upcoming National Sports Awards 2021.
Earlier, the application deadline was June 21. Nominations or applications have been invited from qualified athletes, coaches, entities or universities for the award and were to be emailed according to an official statement from the ministry.
Maneka Batra, Rohit Sharma, Finch Phogat, Rani Rampal and Mariappan Vangavilu were awarded the Khel Ratna award last year and it was the first time five athletes had received this honor in the same year.