In a shocking and unfortunate news, paralympic gold medallist Krishna Nagar missed the Khel Ratna awards ceremony. This is because he had lost his mother in an accident. Nagar's mother had fallen from the terrace of their house to the first floor on November 10 and was admitted to Intensive Care but could not survive.
It is a shame that Nagar, who clinched the historic gold medal at the Japanese capital in men's badminton singles, was not able to attend the award ceremony he was looking forward to attending along with his family.
"My family feels proud as everyone recognises them and they are very happy with the respect being bestowed on them. Just want to imagine what it would be like to be felicitated by the President of India," Nagar had told ANI in an interview.
Nagar was to receive the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award along with 11 other athletes namely, Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Dahiya (Wrestling), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Sunil Chhetri (Football), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Sumit Antil (Para Javelin), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting) and M Narwal (Para Shooting).
The prestigious Khel Ratna award carries a cash prize of INR 25 lakh, a medal and a scroll of honour. Meanwhile, the Arjuna award consists of a cash reward of INR 15 lakh.
The complete list of Arjuna Award winners:
Arpinder Singh (Athletics), Simranjit Kaur (Boxing), Shikhar Dhawan (Cricket), CA Bhavani Devi (Fencing), Monika (Hockey), Vandana Katariya (Hockey), Sandeep Narwal (Kabaddi), Himani Uttam Parab (Mallakhamb), Abhishek Verma (Shooting), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Deepak Punia (Wrestling), Dilpreet Singh (Hockey), Harman Preet Singh (Hockey), Rupinder Pal Singh (Hockey), Surender Kumar (Hockey), Amit Rohidas (Hockey), Birendra Lakra (Hockey), Sumit (Hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (Hockey), Hardik Singh (Hockey), Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey), Gurjant Singh (Hockey), Mandeep Singh (Hockey), Shamsher Singh (Hockey), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Hockey), Varun Kumar (Hockey), Simranjeet Singh (Hockey), Yogesh Kathuniya (Para Athletics) Nishad Kumar (Para Athletics), Praveen Kumar(Para Athletics), Suhash Yathiraj (Para Badminton) Singhraj Adhana (Para Shooting), Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis), Harvinder Singh (Para Archery) and Sharad Kumar (Para Athletics).