‘Not shocked by Sarkar-Bardhan snub from Arjuna listing’ | Extra sports activities Information

KOLKATA: The Bridge Federation of India (BFI) is just not shocked by the omission of 2018 Asian Video games gold medal winners Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar from the Arjuna awards listing this 12 months, saying they knew that the popularity will take time to return.
Sarkar and Bardhan had been nominated for Arjuna by the BFI however their names weren’t there within the listing of 27 really useful to the Sports activities Ministry.
The names picked for the nationwide sports activities awards this time have raised a number of eyebrows with officers and athletes questioning whether or not advantage had been given due recognition. The likes of paddler Manika Batra, an Asian Video games bronze medallist within the blended group occasion and Commonwealth Video games particular person gold medallist, being really useful for the distinguished Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award regardless of her successful the Arjuna Award in 2018 for a similar performances, left many bemused.
Manika’s kind has dipped since 2018 and she or he has now slipped to No. 63 on the planet rankings. However requested if Bardhan and Sarkar obtained a uncooked deal, BFI basic secretary Anand (KS) Samant instructed IANS: “There’s a course of the place an athlete’s efficiency is measured over a interval of 4 years and never only one efficiency.”
Sadly, Bardhan and Sarkar haven’t gained something vital after the 2018 Asian Video games gold and to be truthful to them, this Covid-19 pandemic has additionally performed a giant half.”
Samant conceded that they needed to begin the method of nominating bridge gamers for nationwide sports activities awards and considerably knew behind their thoughts that it might be unrealistic to count on them successful an Arjuna this time round.
“We weren’t very hopeful. We wanted to begin the method. We are going to once more apply subsequent 12 months for them. I’m hopeful that until that point they are going to have performed in additional worldwide tournaments and add weight to their nomination,” the final secretary stated. This was the primary time that bridge gamers had been nominated for nationwide sports activities awards.
The sport was launched in Asian Video games in 2018 and the Kolkata-based gamers had been hoping that their top-of-podium end would assist them bag the award.
Bardhan and Sarkar gained India’s solely gold medal, within the males’s doubles class.Bridge has not been performed on the Olympic or Commonwealth Video games but. The World Bridge Federation is recognised by the Worldwide Olympic Committee.

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