Arjuna award will encourage me for Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand | Extra sports activities Information

BHUBANESWAR: Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Saturday stated the Arjuna award will encourage her for subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics and it’ll additionally encourage younger athletes to choose up a sport.
The Sports activities Ministry on Friday confirmed that 5 athletes will obtain the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award whereas 27 athletes can be conferred with the Arjuna Award on August 29 on the Nationwide Sports activities Awards ceremony.
Batsman Rohit Sharma, Mariyappan T. (Para-Athletics), Manika Batra (Desk Tennis), Vinesh (Wrestling) and Rani (Hockey) can be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Chand, shuttler Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, cricketer Ishant Sharma and shooter Manu Bhaker are among the many 27 athletes who can be conferred with the Arjuna Award.
“Initially, I want to thank the state authorities for recommending me for this 12 months’s Arjuna Awards. I am very pleased and proud that I’ll get the distinguished award in 2020. I’ve labored exhausting for this and bagged many medals within the final three years,” Chand instructed ANI.
Additional, she thanked the Athletics Federation of India, Sports activities Authority of India and KIIT Basis for lending their help in her journey.
“These awards encourage athlete to realize extra in upcoming tournaments. It can encourage me for the following 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics and it’ll act as an inspiration for younger athletes. I’ll strive exhausting to win extra medals for the nation and make India proud,” Chand stated.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old is but to qualify for the following 12 months’s quadrennial occasion. She’s going to attempt to seize an Olympic berth in a qualification occasion. “I might urge children to choose up a sport whereas pursuing your research as it is going to hold you match and you can make your nation proud within the subject of sports activities,” the sprinter added.
Her greatest wins got here in 2018 on the Asian Video games the place she picked up a silver in each 100 m and 200 m races. She had received bronze medals in 100m and 4x100m relay on the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. She is the primary Indian athlete to win within the World College Video games.
The awardees will obtain their awards from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind at a specifically organized perform by the digital mode from Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29.

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