Virender Sehwag, former India opener, has been named in the committee which will decide on this year’s Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees while celebrated badminton coach P Gopichand will chair the committee which will recommend the Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand award winners.
The Arjuna Award Committee will be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar and will meet on August 3 to select this year’s awardees.
The other members of the committee are Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srinivas (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry).
The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. Instituted in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.