Bajrang Punia Current Affairs - 2020
Unlike in past, Ministry of Sports for year 2019 had formed a single selection committee for evaluating and deciding on all awards including both performance and coaching. The final list of sportsperson for annual sports awards for 2019 across various disciplines and achievements was recently released.
This 12-member selection committee was headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma (retired Supreme Court judge) and members included- Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia, Anjum Chopra, Anju Bobby George and Kamlesh Mehta besides representatives from Sports Authority of India and sports ministry.
The final recommendations by the 12-member selection committee include a massive 19-member list for Arjuna Awards and 6 for Dronacharya Award for coaching- 3 each in regular and lifetime categories.
Awards are presented every year on 29 August, observed as National Sports Day (Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday).
List of Sports-persons nominated for various awards
Here’s the complete list of recommendations forwarded by selection committee for 2019 sporting awards.
Bajrang Punia (wrestling), Deepa Malik (para-athletics)
It is given for most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of 4 years immediately preceding year (the year before) during which sportsperson is awarded.
It includes a medal, a certificate, ceremonial dress and cash prize of ₹7.50 lakh.
It was started in 1961. It carries a scroll, a bronze statue of Arjuna and cash prize of Rs.500,000.
19 sportsperson Nominated: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Swapna Burman (athletics).
Dronacharya Award (regular category):
Coach: Vimal Kumar (badminton), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics)
Dronacharya Award (Lifetime Category):
Coach: Mezban Patel (hockey), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket)
Dhyan Chand Award:
Manuel Fredricks (hockey), Arup Basak (table tennis), Manoj Kumar (wrestling), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and C Lalremsanga (archery).
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy
Punjab University, Chandigarh – Overall winner university
Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)- 1st runner up
Punjabi University (Patiala) – 2nd runner up
Tags: Arjuna Award 2019 • Bajrang Punia • Deepa Malik • Dhyan Chand Award 2019 • Dronacharya Award (Lifetime Category)
India’s Bajrang Punia is first Indian wrestler to be invited by American wrestling body for a special fight at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, US. He will be among other top wrestlers selected by American governing body for 6 May 2019 tournament.
He will take on two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis in “Grapple at the Garden” Beat the Streets fight night event, which has become a major showcase for international wrestling since 2010.
- The 25-year-old, currently holds World No.1 title in 65-kg weight category freestyle wrestling.
- He has won eight gold medals from his earlier nine international tournaments including 2018’s Commonwealth and Asian Games. He also registered only gold medal won by India in recently concluded Asian Wrestling Championships, in 65kg men’s freestyle category.