Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra Nominated For Khel Ratna And Arjuna Award

| April 28 , 2018 , 12:43 IST

Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Medallist in the javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra, has been nominated for the highest sporting honour in the country, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Friday by the Athletics Federation Of India (AFI).

The 20-year-old Chopra, who also won the gold medal in the 2016 world junior championships, has also been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the federation.

Javelin thrower Annu Rani and four-time Commonwealth Games medallist Seema Antil Punia have also been recommended for the Arjuna Award.

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"Seema deserves an Arjuna Award. She is one of the greatest and most consistent athletes India has produced. Her four-consecutive gold medals at Commonwealth Games proves that," said Bahadur Singh, chairman of Arujna Award recommendation committee of AFI.

The federation has also nominated legendary athlete turned coach PT Usha and India youth team coach, Sanjay Garnaik for the Dronacharya Award.

Neeraj who became the fifth only athlete to win a gold medal in track and field event sealed his spot at on top of the podium at the recently concluded CWG 2018 after throwing 86.47m. In 2016, he had claimed a gold medal in World Youth Championship Bydgoszcz, Poland with a throw of 86.48m, a world record in the Youth category.