Deepa Malik questions being overlooked for Khel Ratna

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Deepa Malik questions being overlooked for Khel Ratna

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SportsCafe Desk


Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal raised a question as to why her name was not mentioned in the list of Khel Ratna recipients. Instead of Malik, awards selection committee has recommended fellow para athlete Devendra Jhajharia and hockey player Sardar Singh.

Arjuna awardee Malik, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put event, was apalled to see her name omitted from the list of the Khel Ratna recipients.

“It is shocking for me that my name is not there in the list of awardees. However, I do think that the competent panel, who recommended the names for the prestigious awards, must have thought something. Or it can also be the case that some details must have been overlooked,” the 46-year-old athlete was quoted as saying by ANI.

Malik has won 58 national & 18 International medals across all disciplines till date and created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal at last year's Games in Rio.

“I think my application for the Khel Ratna must be reconsidered. I have put forward my case before the committee and the government. I have written a mail to the Sports Minister,” she said. Malik also wrote on Twitter regarding this issue. 

“It is also written in certain sections of the media that I am furious over the decision,” she said.

“It’s my request that I should not be misquoted. I am also not going to any court. I have just forwarded my application through a channel that is there in a democratic country,” added Malik, who has previously also received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.

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