For the primary time, six persons are being awarded in badminton.
The boys’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has been picked for the Arjuna award, whereas the distinguished Dhyan Chand Award can be conferred on former shuttlers Pradeep Gandhe, Trupti Murgunde and Satyaprakash Tiwari (para-badminton) for his or her contribution to the game.
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Para-badminton workforce’s head coach Gaurav Khanna, below whom the Indian workforce has produced many wonderful moments, together with profitable gold medals on the World Championship, has been chosen for the Dronacharya Award (common class).
“On behalf of the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) and President Himanta Biswa Sarma, I wish to congratulate all three winners of Dhyan Chand Award in addition to the opposite recipients together with coach Khanna who took para workforce to new heights,” BAI secretary Ajay Singhania stated in a launch.
The 23-year-old Chirag from Mumbai and the Amalapuram-based Satwik had a profitable 2019, when the duo gained a maiden Tremendous 500 title at Thailand Open after which reached the finals of the French Open Tremendous 750 occasion. Their constant present was rewarded with a world No. 10 spot.
“The kids all the time give hope of a brighter future. It is nice to see Chirag and Satwik performing so effectively and persistently on the worldwide circuit.
“They deserve such rewards for his or her performances. I am certain Indian shuttlers will proceed to carry laurels for the nation,” Singhania stated.
A recent of the likes of Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi, Gandhe, who gained a doubles bronze on the 1982 Asian Video games, was recognised for his contribution as a participant, coach and BAI official.
Whereas two-time South Asian gold medallist Murgunde was recognized for her tactical brilliance on the court docket, Tiwari has 9 worldwide medals to his identify in recognised para occasions.
“Receiving Dhyanchand Award for the primary time is a particular second for the Indian badminton. Such recognitions all the time encourage us to work more durable,” Singhania stated.