The selection committee to the ministry of sports in India has recommended the name of Indian batsman Rohit Sharma for the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting honour for 2014-15. Arjuna Award is the second highest honour for Indian sports persons.
Tennis star Sania Mirza has been chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest award for an Indian sportsperson. Sania has been rewarded with this for winning the Wimbledon doubles crown in June and for being the world’s No. 1 player in doubles. Seventeen names have been recommended by the committee to the sports ministry.
Rohit, who rewrote the world record of the highest individual ODI score in an innings last year by hitting 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. The Mumbaikar, who was the third batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to hit a double century in the 50-over format, holds the record for two double centuries in ODIs. The Arjuna Award carries a cash prize of Rs 500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll.
Full list of Arjuna Award nominations: Sandip Singh (Archery); MR Poovamma (Athletics); Mandip Jangra (boxing); Rohit Sharma ( Cricket); Deepa Karmakar (Gymnastics); PR Sreejesh (Hockey); Jitu Rai (Shooting); Bajrang and Babita (Wrestling); Sanathai Devi (Wushu); M Sharath (Para-swimming); Satish Shivalingam (Weightlifting); Anup Kumar (Roller skating); Manjeet Chillar and Abhilasha (Kabaddi); Swarn Singh (Rowing); K Srikanth (Badminton).