Badminton champion Saina Nehwal from Hyderabad has been selected for the Arjuna Award. She is currently the world number six after winning the Indonesian Super Series and a couple of other titles on the circuit.
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, world record holder double trap shooter Ranjan Sodhi, veteran hockey player Ignace Tirkey and chess player Tania Sachdev were among the 15 athletes selected for the Arjuna awards.
Boxers M C Mary Kom and Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar were on Wednesday selected for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country’s highest sporting honour.
Four-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Olympic bronze medallist Vijender are the first boxers to get the award which carries an enhanced prize money of Rs 7.5 lakh and a citation.