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Khel Ratna For Ronjan Sodhi, Virat And Sindhu Get Arjuna Awards

AUGUST 13, 2013

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Virat Kohli, vice-captain of the Indian cricket team and rising badminton star PV Sindhu have been recommended for the Arjuna award, the highest civilian honour for sportspersons. Besides, double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi has been chosen for the the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour.



Kohli is the most promising of the young crop, having won a World Cup in 2011. He was elevated to vice-captaincy after his outstanding batting in the past three years, particularly in ODI s. The 24-year-old had led a weak Indian team to a 5-0 sweep of Zimbabwe last month and is a hot candidate as the successor to MS Dhoni.



Sindhu, 18, has become the fourth Indian - and first women's singles player - to win a bronze at the BWF World Championships after Prakash Padukone and the doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.



In 2012, at the age of 17, she had stunned Olympic gold winner Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the China Masters Super Series. Earlier this year she beat former no.1 Wang Shixiang at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships. Last week, Sindhu beat China's Wang Shixian to become the first Indian woman to enter the semi-finals of the World Championships. She eventually lost to to champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.




The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961 by the Indian government to recognise outstanding achievement in national sports.



The Complete Awards List


Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Ronjan Sodhi (Shooting)


Arjuna Awards


Chekrovolu Swuro (Archery)




Renjith Maheshwary (Athletics)

PV Sindhu (Badminton)

Kavita Chahal (Boxing)

Rupesh Shah (Snooker and Billiards)

Virat Kohli (Cricket)

Saba Anjum (Hockey)


Abhijeet Gupta (Chess)


Gaganjeet Bhullar (Golf)


Rajkumari Rathore (Shooting)


Joshna Chinappa (Squash)


Neha Rathi (Wrestling)


Dharmender Dalal (Wrestling)


Amit Kumar Saroha (Athletics)



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