Double Trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2013 while cricketer Virat Kohli was among the 15 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna award 2013 by the selection committee in New Delhi. The comittee was headed by billiards legend Michael Ferreira.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India’s highest honour for a sportsperson. Sodhi had won two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games. In 2011, he became the first Indian to successfully defend a World Cup title.
The other Indian shooters who received the Khel Ratna in the past are: Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra (2001-02), Anjali Bhagwat (2002-03), Manavjit Sandhu (2006-07), Gagan Narang (2010-11), Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rahore (2004-05) and Vijay Kumar (2011-12).
Rising badminton player PV Sindhu, was also in the list of 15 chosen players for the Arjuna award. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to clinch a bronze medal at the recently-concluded World Championships.
Who: Ronjan Sodhi
When: 13 August 2013