New Delhi, June 30: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to send in the names of India off-spinner R Ashwin and India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan’s names will be proposed for the Arjuna Award.
We had a detailed discussion and it was decided to send in the names of Ashwin and women’s Test and ODI skipper Mithali’s names for the Khel Ratna award. We are recommending Dhawan again for the Arjuna while we will also suggest the names of Rahul and Bumrah,” source told ANI. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had earlier decided to extend the last date of submission of application for the upcoming National Sports Awards 2021. Earlier, the last date for submitting applications was June 21. The nominatins/applications from the eligible sportspersons/ coaches/ entities/ universities were invited for the award and they were to be e-mailed as per an official statement from the ministry. Manika Batra, Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat, Rani Rampal and Mariyappan Phangavelu were awarded the Khel Ratna Award last year and it was the first time that five athletes received the honour in the same year. Both Ashwin and Mithali are in England for the series against the host nation.
new source: mykhel