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Badminton for a cause – the Gaurav Khanna way

Gaurav Khanna is a coach with a difference – the badminton player, who excelled at the national level in the late 1980s, happened to observe a group of hearing-impaired individuals attempting their serves and smashes on a nearby court. Moved by their efforts, he tried his hand at training them to improve their game by a few notches, and began to...

Meet Kritika Khanna, India’s first female Para-rower

Kritika Khanna
Just a month back rowing was named as the second healthiest sport in the Forbes list of healthiest sports. The only sport to beat rowing in this list was squash. This list took into account four physiological components of fitness along with injury rate and energy expenditure. Being second in this list is a testament to how tough the...

India’s first professional para badminton academy to open in Lucknow

Gaurav Khanna Excellia Badminton Academy
India’s para badminton players are making a name for themselves on the international scene. Now they have a dedicated space to train and access support to improve their game. Called the Gaurav Khanna Excellia Badminton Academy, this is the first facility for para badminton in India. Dronacharya award winner Gaurav Khanna is credited with bringing para badminton into the spotlight in India. So,...

National Sports Day: Athletes receive Arjuna, Khel Ratna and other national awards virtually

National Sports Day
India's sporting heroes were bestowed the annual national awards in an unparalleled online ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic during which athletes logged in from multiple cities to be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind. This year a whopping 74 were picked for the national honours, including an unprecedented five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna awardees. Of these,...

BAI congratulates six recipients of national sports awards

Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Sunday congratulated the six shuttlers -former and current - who will be honoured with various awards during a virtual ceremony on the National Sports Day on August 29. For the first time, six people are being awarded in badminton. The men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has been picked...

Satwik says Arjuna Award will fuel Olympic dream, Chirag terms it ‘silver lining’

Set to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, Indian men's doubles player Chirag Shetty on Friday termed it a "silver lining" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while his partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy said the recognition will fuel their Olympic dreams. Front-runners to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, Chirag and Satwik were on Friday confirmed for the award by the sports ministry...

No Arjuna award for Sakshi Malik and Mirabai Chanu

Sports Awards
The Sports Ministry on Friday decided against bestowing the Arjuna award on former Khel Ratna winners Sakshi Malik and Mirabai Chanu, pruning the list to 27 but accepted an unprecedented five recommendations for the country's highest sporting honour this year. Last week, the Justice (retd) Mukundakam Sharma-led selection committee had recommended 29 names for the Arjuna Award to the Sports...

List of all winners for Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya awards 2020

Here is the complete list of athletes recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna award by the sports ministry's selection committee.
Star cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and women's hockey captain Rani Rampal were among an unprecedented five sportspersons who will receive India's highest sporting honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, while a whopping 29  for the Arjuna award by the sports ministry's selection committee. Paddler Manika Batra and Rio Paralympic gold-winning high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu will also get the the...

Paralympics-bound Palak Kohli continues full training despite lockdown

Palak Kohli
Locked in their homes or hostel rooms might be the story of most Indian athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic but Tokyo Paralympics-bound shuttler Palak Kohli has managed to continue full training by putting up a makeshift court at her residential society in Lucknow. The 17-year-old from Jalandhar was initially training at national coach Gaurav Khanna's academy in the Uttar...

India finish with 10 medals at Denmark Para-Badminton International

India won gold medals in both the men's and women's singles finals.