Sania Mirza's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna stayed by HC as paralympian pleas for justice

Paulami Chakraborty / 26 August 2015

After making much news, the Karnataka High Court orders for a stay on the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to be given to India’s tennis sensation Sania Mirza. Though Sania recently won the grand slam for women’s doubles in Wimbledon, according to the rules the nomination of the award must not be based on that performance but on the same of her Incheon Asian games, Commonwealth games, Olympics, Asian and world championships. But she was named for the award just after she with Martina Hingis lifted the Wimbledon women’s doubles trophy.

This is where Paralympian H M Girisha’s grievance comes in the account. Girisha, who has won the Silver medal in London Paralympics 2012 and a Bronze in Incheon Asian games 2014 in high jump appealed to the court for a close look at the matter. The athlete told Times of India: “Going by the ministry’s performance-based points system introduced to pick the award winner, I’m the top contender with 90 points. But Sania does not figure anywhere near the top. I understand Sania has won Grand Slam titles but according to the ministry notification, only performances at the Olympics, Paralympics, Asian, Commonwealth Games andWorld Championships from 2011 will be considered.”

If given the award, Sania will become only the second tennis player to receive it. Leander Paes was the first who won it back in the year 1996. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, along with Arjuna award will be handed over to the titled players on 29th of august, the National Sports Day, by now President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

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