Devendra Jhajharia And Sardar Singh Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
On the occasion of National Sports Day, Devendra Jhajharia and Sardar Singh were bestowed with the highest sports honor, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for their brilliant performance in their respective sports fields. Also, Jhajharia became the first Indian para-athlete to receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
On Tuesday, Devendra Jhajharia became the first para-athlete to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest Indian sporting honor. He was facilitated with the award along with Sardar Singh by President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of National Sports Day in New Delhi. According to reports from NDTV Sports, Devendra Jhajharia, who is a Javelin thrower, is the only Indian sportsman to win two Paralympic gold medals. He received his first gold medal at Athens Games in 2004 and the second gold medal at Rio Paralympics which was held in 2016.
He also received another gold medal in 2013 at the World Championships. What is more, Jhajharia created a world record by winning these two gold medals. As for Sardar Singh, the hockey wizard has led his team to many victories in the past couple of years with his exceptional leadership skills and sports abilities.
However, he was also embroiled in a sexual harassment case when an Indian-origin British player leveled allegations of abuse against him. He denied those accusations and the government committee also decided to choose him for the honor. It should also be noted that in 2015, Sardar Singh had been already awarded the Padma Shri for his brilliant performance. He has two medals in his pocket and one of those include the gold medal which he won at 2014 Incheon.
He also won a bronze medal in 2010 Guangzhou. Notably, the award ceremony where Sardar and Devendra were felicitated was held in New Delhi on the occasion of National Sports Day. The newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the sporting honors to these two stalwarts along with Arjuna Award to 16 sportspersons from different fields. All of the awardees attended the ceremony except Cheteshwar Pujara who could not be present due to his prior commitments in England.