Khel Ratna Awards 2020 recipients: Rohit Sharma, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra, Rani Rampal


An unparalleled 5 athletes – cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, ladies’s hockey staff captain Rani Rampal, and paddler Manika Batra – had been on Saturday conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the rustic’s absolute best honour for sportspersons.

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The award winners had been attached to President Ram Nath Kovind on the Rashtrapati Bhavan from 9 other Sports Authority of India-designated places. Rohit Sharma, who’s within the UAE for IPL 2020, may now not attend the digital rite as the method most effective allowed those these days within the nation to participate.

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Wrestler Vinesh Phogat who used to be intended to be found in Sonepat, needed to be in quarantine after she examined sure for Covid-19 at the eve of the award rite.

India ladies’s hockey staff captain Rani Rampal and para athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu attended the rite from Bengaluru and Commonwealth Games champion paddler Manika Batra joined from Pune.

Here are the profiles of the Khel Ratna awardees:

Rohit Sharma

India’s present restricted overs vice captain is the fourth males’s cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to get the distinguished Khel Ratna. Rohit is the one cricketer to have scored 3 double centuries in ODI cricket. He additionally has 4 T20I centuries to his title. He used to be the absolute best run-getter within the 2019 ICC World Cup and scored an unparalleled five centuries right through the event.

Rani Rampal

The Indian ladies’s nationwide hockey staff captain is likely one of the maximum embellished feminine hockey avid gamers within the nation. She has a silver and a bronze medal in Asia Games and a Junior World Cup bronze medal in her cupboard. Her stellar efficiency within the 2010 Women’s Hockey World Cup helped her win the ‘Best young player of the tournament’.

Mariyappan Thangavelu

The top jumper from Tamil Nadu created historical past when he gained the gold medal for India within the males’s top leap T-42 class on the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. He has already been honoured with Padma Shri and Arjuna Award and the Khel Ratna will likely be some other addition to his bulging cupboard.

Vinesh Phogat

The champions wrestler created historical past within the 2018 Asian Games when she gained the gold medal within the 50 kg class of freestyle wrestling. The success used to be the primary for an Indian feminine wrestler and marked an ideal comeback for the teen, who needed to be stretchered off right through the quarter-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Her super comeback after a grave harm earned her a nomination within the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards, the one Indian to get to be nominated. Vinesh has two Commonwealth Games gold medals in her kitty and a gold and bronze medal on the Asian Games to her title, except a couple of different medals.

Manika Batra

The ace desk tennis participant has been essentially the most a hit feminine paddler from India ever. She too created historical past in 2018 as she bagged a complete of 4 medals on the Commonwealth Games, which incorporated a ladies’s staff gold and a ladies’s singles gold. She went directly to win a historical bronze medal within the Asian Games the similar yr within the blended doubles class.

Batra is the absolute best ranked India desk tennis participant on this planet.



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