Boxer Manoj Kumar on 26 November 2014 received the prestigious Arjuna Award. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medalist was given the award by Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function in New Delhi.
Earlier, Manoj was denied the award by the Kapil Dev-led selection committee, as it believed that he was involved in a doping case. The committee recommended name of another boxer Jai Bhagwan for the coveted honour.
After being denied the coveted medal, Manoj had approached the Sports Ministry. After being snubbed for a second time in the review meeting, Manoj took the legal route and filed a case in the Delhi High Court. He won the case which led to the Ministry accepting his nomination for the award.
Where: in New Delhi
When: 26 November 2014
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