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Khel Ratna award for wrestler Bajrang Punia

Khel Ratna award for wrestler Bajrang Punia

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Published: 16 Aug 2019 10:43 AM GMT
India's ace grappler, Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia was on Friday nominated for the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Bajrang's name was finalised by a 12-member selection committee on the opening day of a two-day meeting. The panel comprises the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and M C Mary Kom among others. The source also said that the 12-member panel may add another athlete for the top honour on Saturday besides finalising the names for the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards. Bajrang had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. He had also won the gold medal in the same category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He is also a two-time medallist at the world championships and a strong medal hope for India at next year's Tokyo Olympics.
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