Kidambi Srikanth is not part of the Tokyo Olympics after he missed qualifying.
The Badminton The Association of India (BAI) recommended the names Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth for 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.
Manika Batra, Rohit SharmaVinesh Phogat, Rani Rampal and Mariyappan Phangavelu were awarded the Khel Ratna award last year and it was the first time that five athletes received this honor in the same year.
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