The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Friday recommended Commonwealth Games gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for the country's highest sporting honour - the Khel Ratna Award.
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 medalist Seema Antil Punia were also recommended for the Arjuna Award.
"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 prove 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.
The AFI also recommended Bobby Aloysius, Kuldeep Singh Bhullar and Jata Shankar for the Dhyanchand Award, while sending TP Ouseph's name to the ministry for Life Time Achievement Award. Chopra became only the fifth Indian athlete to have won a track and field gold medal at the Commonwealth Games after throwing 86.47m.
He had earlier claimed gold at the World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland with a throw of 86.48m, which is still a world record in the youth category. (UNI)