Poonam Rani feels that the Nationwide Sports activities Awards Choice Committee is just not “taking part in honest”.© PTI
Indian girls’s Hockey group’s Poonam Rani on Sunday expressed disappointment with this yr’s Arjuna Award announcement and raised query over being ”ignored” for the accolade. “I’m making an attempt for the Arjuna Award for the final three years. All of my fellow gamers have obtained it however I’m being ignored. I really feel unhealthy as a result of I’m additionally one of many gamers who work arduous and carry out for the nation. If I haven’t got an strategy, it does not imply I can not be conferred with Arjuna Award,” Rani instructed ANI.
Hockey gamers Deepika and Akashdeep Singh have been chosen for this yr’s Arjuna Award. As many as 27 athletes have been chosen to obtain the Arjuna Award this yr. Additionally, Indian girls’s hockey group captain Rani Rampal might be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Rani additionally feels that the Nationwide Sports activities Awards Choice Committee is just not “taking part in honest” and there may be “favoritism”.
“I feel that there’s favoritism and the committee is just not taking part in honest as a result of, for the previous three years, my title is being ignored. Getting a medal in a group sport is just not a simple process. The gamers who have gotten the award, I’m blissful for them however the committee ought to have advisable different deserving gamers as effectively,” she mentioned.
Arjuna Award is an honour bestowed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities to recognise the achievement of athletes. The award carries a money prize, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.
“I feel the variety of awards in group video games needs to be elevated in order that good gamers may obtain the awards. I’m additionally one of many gamers of the group that has performed many tournaments. Others have gotten the award however not me. I’m additionally deserving, why I’m being ignored?” Rani added.