Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award
Sharma and Rahane could not earlier receive the Arjuna Awards from the President of India, as they were participating in international tournaments.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
Earlier, the two cricketers could not receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were participating in international tournaments.
The Arjuna Awards, instituted in 1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. The awardees are given a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and award money of 5 lakh rupees.
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