Khel Ratna Award to Devendra Jhajharia, Sardar Singh

Two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia on 3rd August became the first paralympian to be recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour - the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with former hockey captain Sardar Singh. The final call on this would be taken by the Sports Ministry. Besides, the awards selection committee has recommended 17 names for the Arjuna award.
The 36-year-old Devendra Jhajharia, who is the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals, was the first choice of the awards selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. Jhajharia had won his medals in the javelin throw event.
The committee has picked 31-year-old midfielder Sardar Singh as its second nominee for the top honour and has suggested that both Jhajharia and Sardar be considered for the award jointly.