The award selection committee after recommendations from the respective sports association have felicitated 17 athletes who were conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award. The award carries with a cheque of ₹5 lakhs and a bronze statue of Arjuna aiming for target with his scroll.
Here is the list of athletes that were awarded with Arjuna Awards:
- Harmanpreet Kaur: She has been in a red-hot form since last 2-3 seasons and became the first Indian player to be signed by a BBL franchise. She played a pivotal role in India reaching the finals of the recently concluded ICC World Cup.
- Cheteshwar Pujara: He has been a prolific run scorer for India throughout the extended home season in 2016 and broke Chandu Borde’s record of highest runs in a single season, 1605 at an average of 89.16.
- Mariyappan Thangavelu: Paralympic high jumper from India won gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio, Brazil in men’s high jump T-42 category. He was already awarded the Padma Shri Award earlier this year.
- Varun Bhati: Varun Singh Bhati from Rajasthan made India proud at the Paralympic games in 2016. He won a bronze medal in the men’s T-42 event at the 2016 Rip Paralympics.
- Saketh Myneni: Saketh Myneni made India proud at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, Korea. He has been a regular feature for India in the Davis Cup ties. He also won ITF tournaments like Indore Open and Vietnam Open in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
- SSP Chawrasia: SSP Chawrasia is a decorated Indian golfer. To date, he has won as many as 8 titles on the Indian Open tour and was Indian Open Champion in 2016 & 2107.
- Aarokiya Rajiv: Aarokiya Rajiv made India proud at the 2014 Asian Games by bagging a broze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in long jump.
- Khushbir Kaur: She has been in news since her junior days after she won the bronze at the 10,000metres walk race at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships held in 2012. She better her bronze by winning a silver medal in the 20kms women’s race walk in the 2014 Asian Games.
- Prashanti Singh: Prashanti Singh is the main shooter of the Indian Women’s National Basketball Team. She was instrumental in India promoting to Division A from Division B in 2017. She also won the gold medal at the Asian beach games held in Sri Lanka in the year 2011.
- SV Sunil: SV Sunil made the headlines recently after he was named the ‘Player of the Year’ in Asian Hockey Awards. He is India’s main forward and played a pivotal role in India’s successful campaign at the FIH Champions Trophy held in London in 2016.
- Satyawrat Kadian: Satyawrat is a promising wrestler from India. He won a bronze medal at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympics in the boy’s freestyle 100kg event.
- Anthony Amalraj: He is India’s rising star of Table Tennis. He bagged silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in doubles event.
- PN Prakash: Prakash Nanhapa is an ace Indian shooter and was the sole shooter from India who bagged a bronze medal in 10 metre air pistol event at the 2013 ISSF World Cup held in Changwon, South Korea.
- Jasvir Singh: Since the inception of Pro Kabaddi, every Kabaddi player has become a household name in India. Jasvir Singh played a huge role in winning Gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games as well as winning the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup held in India.
- Jyothi Surekha Vennam: She is a swimmer turned archer from Andhra Pradesh. She rose to stardom after winning an individual gold and team silver medal at the 2013 World Youth Championship. She also won an individual gold at the 2015 Asian Championships.
- Bembem Devi: She is a veteran of Indian Women’s football team and has been a fiery mid-fielder for India since last 20 years. She has been named Women Footballer of the twice in her decorated career. Once in 2001 and then in 2013. She has successfully led the Indian Women’s National football team and won international tournaments including South Asian Games and SAFF Women’s Championship in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
- Devendro Singh: Veteran Boxer from India missed out on a medal at the 2012 Olympics by losing in the quarter finals. He then bagged back to back Silver medals at the prestigious events like Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and 2014 Common Wealth Games.
Article by Navneet