Wrestler Sakshi Malik who grabbed a bronze in the Rio Olympics and is a Khel Ratna Awardee who was formerly nominated for the Arjuna award nut later listed out of it giving a reason that she already had been bestowed with the most prestigious and highest ranked sports award – The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Not being totally satisfied with the explanation, Sakshi tweeted to PM Modi and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju what more she had to do or how many more medals she had to win in order to get an Arjuna award next to her name.
“Manniye Pradhanmantri @narendramodi ji aur manniye khel mantri @KirenRijiju ji. Mujhe Khel Ratna se sammanit kiya gaya hai, mujhe is baat ka garv hai. Har khiladi ka sapna hota hai ki woh saare puraskaar apne naam kare. Khiladi iske liye apni jaan ki bazi lagata hai. Mera bhi sapna hai ki mere naam ke aage Arjuna puraskar vijeta lage. Main aisa aur konsa padak desh ke liye lekar aaun ki mujhe Arjuna puraskar se sammanit kiya jaaye. Ya is kushti jeevan me mujhe kabhi ye puraskar jeetne ka saubhagya hi nahi mile ga?” Sakshi tweeted.
The only medalist from India at the 2016 Rio olympics was Sakshi Malik. In 2017, she was awarded with Padma shri award, the fourth highest civilian award.
Later the 2017 Olympics, Sakshi also won a gold at the Commonwealth Championship in Johannesburg and silver in Asian Championship in Delhi. In 2018 commonwealth in Gold coast, Sakshi bagged a bronze. In 2018 and 2019 Asian Championship, Sakshi managed for a bronze.
Written by Ompriya Sahoo
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