Sodhi conferred Khel Ratna; Arjuna awards for 14 others

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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NEW DELHI: Robbed of some sheen due to selection controversies this year, the National Sports Awards were presented today to the country’s top athletes and coaches with shooter Ronjan Sodhi getting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — the country’s highest sporting honour — while cricketer Virat Kohli was among the Arjuna awardees.

A loud applause greeted the ace shooter as he received the Khel Ratna award from President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of a host of Ministers, dignitaries and sports celebrities.Sodhi became the seventh shooter to be honoured with the prestigious award. Interestingly, it is for the third consecutive year that the Khel Ratna award has gone to a shooter.

Sodhi, who had a disastrous outing at the London Olympics last year, is a former world number one. He was a double trap gold-medallist at last year’s Asian Games, besides being a silver-medallist at the Commonwealth Games.

Sodhi, who was the first Indian to win two back-to-back World Cup gold medals, collected the top honour which comprises a medal, citation and a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each.

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