Ignored for the Arjuna award, Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik took to social media to express her disappointment. Malik, already a recipient of ‘Khel Ratna’ – country’s highest sporting honour – had applied for Arjuna but her case was rejected by the Sports Ministry after the awards committee left it to minister’s discretion.
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s application was also rejected as she has also received the ‘Khel Ratna’ in the past.
“Honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji and honourable sports minister @kirenrijiju ji. I am honoured that I have been conferred with the Khel Ratna. Every player dreams of getting all the awards. The athletes toil hard. I, too have a dream that I get Arjuna award. How many medals should I win to get it? Or I will not get it in my wrestling career,” the wrestler tweeted in Hindi on Saturday.
Malik has been struggling since her Rio exploits. Leave aside producing results at the international level, the wrestler has had a tough time against upcoming youngsters in her category, twice losing to Sonam Malik during the trials for international tournaments. Malik had also claimed recently that she has got only assurances by the state government despite doing well.
“So far, I have not got a plot (land) nor has a job been given to me. I had met the Sports Minister and the Chief Minister earlier, but only got assurances,” Malik had said on Thursday.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij, however, rejected the claim. “We gave a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore the day she landed in India (after the Olympics event),” he has said.
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