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AITA to Nominate Ankita Raina, Divij Sharan for Arjuna Award and Nandan Bal for Dhyan Chand Award

Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan (Photo Credit: PI and Twitter)
Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan (Photo Credit: PI and Twitter)

Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan (Picture Credit score: PI and Twitter)

AITA is about to recomend Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan are for the Arjuna award and in addition ship Nandan Bal’s identify for the Dhyan Chand award.

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: Could 17, 2020, 12:55 PM IST

Asian Video games medal winners Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan are set to be nominated for the Arjuna award by the nationwide tennis federation, which plans to ship former Davis Cup coach Nandan Bal’s identify for the Dhyan Chand honour.

The 27-year-old Ankita had received a girls’s singles bronze medal on the 2018 version of the Asian Video games and in addition dished out a robust efficiency within the Fed Cup, the place she performed a key function in India’s qualification to the World Group play-offs for the primary time.

Delhi-lad Sharan had received gold medal within the males’s doubles occasion in Jakarta together with compatriot Rohan Bopanna. He additionally turned India’s prime doubles participant in October 2019 earlier than Bopanna took again the place.

The 34-year-old additionally received two ATP titles within the 2019 season — Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune with Bopanna and at St. Petersburg with Igor Zelenay.

“They’re eligible and most deserving this 12 months for the Arjuna honour. We are going to suggest their nomination,” All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) Secretary Normal Hironmoy Chatterjee advised PTI.

Ankita grabbed the highlight along with her gritty efficiency in the course of the 2018 Fed Cup the place she remained unbeaten in singles.

Since then she has develop into India’s finest singles participant on the WTA and ITF circuit, successful six USD 25okay degree titles and in addition achieved a career-best singles rank of 160 in March this 12 months.

At this 12 months’s Fed Cup, Ankita performed eight matches in 5 days, successful two singles and three essential doubles video games with the seasoned Sania Mirza to assist India qualify for the play-offs for the primary time.

Bopanna was the final tennis participant to get the Arjuna award in 2018.

The AITA continues to be deliberating whether or not Bal’s utility be despatched for Dronacharya award or Dhyan Chand award, which is supposed to honour lifetime contributions.

“We’re considering which class is better-suited for Nandan,” mentioned Chatterjee.

Nevertheless, dependable sources within the All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) advised PTI that Bal’s utility will likely be despatched for the Dhyan Chand honour.

Bal, 60, appeared in Davis Cup between 1980-83, taking part in two ties with a 2-1 win-loss document. He remained India’s Davis Cup coach for a few years.

Until date, solely three tennis gamers have gotten the Dhyan Chand honour — Zeeshan Ali (2014) , SP Misra (2015) and Nitin Kirtane (2019).

No tennis coach has ever acquired a Dronacharya award.

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