New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has recommended the names Kedambi Srikanth and Sai Pranith for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. For the Arjuna Award, BAI put forward the names HS Prannoy, Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sameer Verma.
AI sources told ANI, “This time we submitted two names (Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Pranith) for the Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Award.
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/applications have been invited from athletes/coaches/entities/universities eligible 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.