AITA to nominate Ankita Raina, Divij Sharan for Arjuna award

AITA to nominate Ankita Raina Divij Sharan for Arjuna award
Ankita Raina had gained a ladies's singles bronze medal on the 2018 Asian Video games. (Twitter/Ankita Raina)

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  • Asian Video games medal winners Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan are nomiated for Arjuna awards
  • Rohan Bopanna was the final tennis participant to get the Arjuna award in 2018
  • No tennis coach has ever acquired a Dronacharya award
Asian Video games medal winners Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan are set to be nominated for the Arjuna award by the nationwide tennis federation, which plans to ship former Davis Cup coach Nandan Bal's title for the Dhyan Chand honour.
The 27-year-old Ankita had gained a ladies's singles bronze medal on the 2018 version of the Asian Video games and in addition dished out a powerful efficiency within the Fed Cup, the place she performed a key position in India's qualification to the World Group play-offs for the primary time.
Delhi-lad Sharan had gained gold medal within the males's doubles occasion in Jakarta together with compatriot Rohan Bopanna. He additionally turned India's high doubles participant in October 2019 earlier than Bopanna took again the place.
The 34-year-old additionally gained two ATP titles within the 2019 season -- Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune with Bopanna and at St. Petersburg with Igor Zelenay.
"They're eligible and most deserving this 12 months for the Arjuna honour. We'll advocate their nomination," All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) Secretary Common Hironmoy Chatterjee advised PTI.
Ankita grabbed the highlight along with her gritty efficiency throughout the 2018 Fed Cup the place she remained unbeaten in singles.
Since then she has change into India's finest singles participant on the WTA and ITF circuit, profitable six USD 25okay degree titles and in addition achieved a career-best singles rank of 160 in March this 12 months.
At this 12 months's Fed Cup, Ankita performed eight matches in 5 days, profitable two singles and three essential doubles video games with the seasoned Sania Mirza to assist India qualify for the play-offs for the primary time.
Bopanna was the final tennis participant to get the Arjuna award in 2018.
The AITA continues to be deliberating whether or not Bal's utility be despatched for Dronacharya award or Dhyan Chand award, which is supposed to honour lifetime contributions.
"We're considering which class is better-suited for Nandan," stated Chatterjee.
Nevertheless, dependable sources within the All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) advised PTI that Bal's utility will probably be despatched for the Dhyan Chand honour.
Bal, 60, appeared in Davis Cup between 1980-83, enjoying two ties with a 2-1 win-loss file. He remained India's Davis Cup coach for a few years.
Until date, solely three tennis gamers have gotten the Dhyan Chand honour -- Zeeshan Ali (2014) , SP Misra (2015) and Nitin Kirtane (2019).
No tennis coach has ever acquired a Dronacharya award.
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