Hockey India nominates Sreejesh, Deepika for Khel Ratna

NEW DELHI: Veteran India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and former women’s team player Deepika were on Saturday nominated by Hockey India for this year’s prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Besides the duo, vice-captain of India’s Tokyo Olympics-bound men’s team Harmanpreet Singh and women’s team members Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur were nominated for the Arjuna awards.
The national federation also nominated RP Singh and Ch Sanggai Ibemhal for the Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement, while coaches BJ Kariappa and CR Kumar were recommended for the Dronacharya Award.
According to a statement issued by HI, the period of consideration for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.
During that period, the 35-year-old Sreejesh, who will be playing in his third Olympics and probably last, has played a key role in India’s silver medal win at the 2018 Hockey Champions Trophy in Breda, bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games and gold at the 2019 FIH Men’s Series Finals in Bhubaneswar. Sreejesh has received the Arjuna award in 2015 and the prestigious Padma Shri recognition in 2017.
Deepika, on the other hand, was a vital part of the Indian women’s hockey team, which won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.

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