Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma is among seven recommended by the selection committee for the Dronacharya Award.
Along with Sharma the other coaches nominated for the prestigious award are veteran cricket coach Tarak Sinha, Clarence Lobo (Hockey), Jeevan Sharma (Judo), CA Kuttappa (Boxing) and Srinivasa Rao, the coach and father of ace Table Tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal.
For the Dhyan Chand Award, Bharat Chetri (hockey), Satya Dev Prasad (archery), Dadu Chowgule (wrestling) and Bobby Aloysius (athletics) have been recommended for the honour.
Dhyanchand award is presented to sports-persons for their lifetime achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and following retirement.
The Dronacharya honour, on the other hand, is given by the Government of India for excellence in sports coaching.