New Delhi, May 5 : The Sports Ministry on Tuesday asked aspirants to submit their nominations via e-mail for the National Sports Awards 2020, which includes the prestigious Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards. The process, which usually begins in April, was pushed to this month because of the lockdown, which is into its third phase and will end on May 17.
"Due to the lockdown on account of Novel Coronavirus outbreak, hard copies of nomination are not required to be sent. Scanned copies of nomination duly signed by the applicant and recommending authority may be sent before the last date of submission," the ministry said in a letter to the federations. The last date of filing nominations has been fixed at June 3. "Nominations received after the last date will not be entertained. The Ministry will not be responsible for any delay," the letter stated. The national sports awards are given in multiple fields.
The athletes are rewarded through the Arjuna and Khel Ratna, which is the country's highest sporting honour. The Dronacharya award is given for the excellence in coaching, while the Dhyan Chand award honours lifetime contributions. For this year's Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards, the performances from January, 2016 to December, 2019 will be taken into consideration.
Like always, athletes with dope taint will not be considered. "Sportspersons, who have been penalised or against whom enquiry is pending/ongoing for use of drugs/substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), based on a sample collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)...will not be eligible for the Award," the ministry said. The Khel Ratna comes with a prize money of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna awardees are presented with Rs five lakh. (UNI)