Arjuna Awards 2018 to be conferred to Dhing Express Hima Das.
She will be the 5th from Assam to get the award.
The recommendation is subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Once ratified by him, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the awards on September 25 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Earlier, Bhogeswar Baruah (1966) – Athletics, Monalisa Barua Mehta (1987) –Table Tennis, Jayanta Talukdar (2007)- Archery and Shiv Thapa (2016)- Boxing have received the prestigious awards from Assam.
On the other hand, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, while star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards.
Besides these, Asian Games gold-medalist middle distance runner Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, multiple Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra and Asian Games doubles gold-medallist tennis player Rohan Bopanna have been nominated for Arjuna Award.
Former Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Satish Kumar was the lone boxer to get the Arjuna honour this year.
The Khel Ratna awardees are entitled to a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna winners are given Rs 5 lakh.
The list of Arjuna Award Recommendations:
- Neeraj Chopra (Athletics)
- Jinson Johnson (Athletics)
- Hima Das (Athletics)
- N Sikki Reddy (Badminton)
- Satish Kumar (Boxing)
- Smriti Mandhana (Cricket)
- Shubankar Sharma (Golf)
- Manpreet Singh (Hockey)
- Savita (Hockey)
- Ravi Rathore (Polo)
- Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting)
- Ankur Mittal (Shooting)
- Shreyashi Singh (Shooting)
- Manika batra (Table Tennis)
- G Sathiyan (Table Tennis)
- Rohan Bopanna (Tennis)
- Sumit (Wrestling)
- Pooja Kadian (Wushu)
- Ankur Dhama (Para athletics)
- Manoj Sarkar (Para Badminton)