New Delhi, April 29: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Monday recommended names of Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia for Rajeev Khel Ratna Award.
Current number one wrestler Punia recently stamped his authority on Asia after he won the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China. Punia had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle wrestling event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. He defeated Japanese wrestler Takatani Daichi 11-8. Before that, he had also won the gold medal in the same category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to clinch the gold.
On the other hand, Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games.
At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Vinesh won gold in women’s freestyle 50-kg event by defeating Canada’s Jessica MacDonald. In the 2018 Asian Games, she created history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the games by beating Japan’s Yuki Irie in women’s 50-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match.
Apart from Vinesh and Bajrang, Rahul Aware, Harpreet Singh, Divya Kakran and Pooja Dhanda have beed recomended for Arjuna award.
While Virender Kumar, Sujeet Maan, Narendra Kumar and Vikram Kumar have been recommended for Dronacharya award.
On the other hand, Bheem Singh and Jai Prakash nominated for Dhyanchand award.