Chinglensana named for Arjuna Award
IMPHAL, 17th Aug: Indian hockey player Chinglensana Kangujam was among 19 sportspersons recommended for the Arjuna Award by the selection committee on Saturday.
Others being named for the country’s oldest sports award were Tajinderpal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Pramod Bhagat (para sports - badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Barman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports - athletics), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton) and Simran Singh Shergill (polo).
Chinglensana has played in over 200 international matches since making his debut in 2011. He has won a silver at the 2013 Asia Cup, gold at the 2014 Asian Games, silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2017 Asia Cup, bronze at the 2017 FIH World League Final, silver at the 2018 Champions Trophy, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.
Instituted in 1961, the Arjuna Awards are conferred by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to recognise outstanding achievement in sports. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 500,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.
As per the guidelines, to be eligible for the award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.
Para-athlete Deepa Malik will receive the the country's highest sporting honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award- along with wrestler Bajrang Punia. Deepa became the first Indian female athlete to win a Paralympics medal, when she won a silver at the 2016 Games.