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Table tennis star Sharath Kamal might be unveiled with Khel Ratna on November 30

Table tennis star Sharath Kamal will be unveiled with Khel Ratna on November 30

Table tennis ace Sharath Kamal will be presented with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna the 2022 award, presented by the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on November 30.

The Khel Ratna, renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna from last year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, is the country’s highest sporting honour.

Khel Ratna and others National Sports Awardsturning on Arjuna’s Rewardare issued annually by the Indian Ministry of Youth and Sports.

This year Sharath Kamal, the 2022 Commonwealth Games table tennis champion, will be the sole recipient of the Khel Ratna.

“I am truly honored to be awarded the Khel Ratna Award, our country’s highest sporting award. Thanks to these two fantastic weeks and four medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which will always hold a special place in my heart for years to come,” said Sharath Kamal. “I’ve always tried to do what’s best for our country and will continue to do so through my contributions to the sport and beyond.”

The national sports awards selection committee also recommended 25 athletes for this year’s Arjuna awards. Badminton players Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy, world boxing champion Nikhat Zareen, boxer Amit Panghal, triple jumper Eldhose Paul and steeple runner Avinash Sable are on the list.

Dinesh Lad, childhood mentor of Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma, has been nominated for the award Dronacharya Prizehonoring outstanding trainers in the category of life.

Bajrang wrestling coach Punia Sujit Mann, boxing coach Mohammad Ali Qamar, archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja and shooting coach Suma Shirur (para shooting) were nominated for the Dronacharya award in the regular category.

All awardees will be welcomed by the President of India at a specially organized ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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