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Bajrang Punia Lashed Out At Govt For Choosing Virat Kohli Over Him For Khel Ratna

Published on 23 September, 2018 at 5:25 pm By

After Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were chosen for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Bajrang Punia (Asian Games gold medallist wrestler) who was mostly positive about receiving the award, raised questions at the government authorities. Bajrang Punia expressed his resentment for being neglected. As per the wrestling champion, he is one sportsperson who won the gold medal at the prestigious Commonwealth Games and Asian Games this year.


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On September 20, the wrestler was a part of the meeting with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. He questioned him about not being given his well deserved credit. However, if reports are to believed, he didn’t get a favorable reply from Rathore.

 

 

Later, the Dept of Sports MYAS took to their Twitter account to clarify their stance. They jotted down the criteria for the selection process of Khel Ratna and also mentioned that various sports are judged by different parameters. This is what they tweeted:

 

President Ram Nath Kovind has announced that Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu will receive the Khel Ratna. The special function for the same will be organized at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on September 25.

Both Kohli and Chanu will be given a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each apart from a medal and a citation. Just after the announcement was made, Bajrang Punia expressed his displeasure at the government and even lashed out for being ignored.

Not only him, his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt recently mentioned:


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“It was injustice to Bajrang as he deserved the Khel Ratna this year. We met the Sports Minister yesterday and he said he will talk to the selection committee. But I have advised Bajrang against going to the court as it will hamper his World Championship preparations.”

 

 

When the list of the Khel Ratna awards was announced, people on social media started discussing about it. This is what they had to say:



 

 


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It has also been reported that Bajrang was very hurt by this incident and is not ready to get over the matter. Besides the two gold medals at two prestigious games, Bajrang had won silver medals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

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