As per various reports, it was golfer Jeev Milkha Singh whose name was discussed the most by the selection committee, but decided against him as well. Sunita further added, ''If there is an award to be given, they should be given. They can also give the award to former sportspersons as well.'' But, there exists a problem here, as the sportsperson need to apply in order to be considered by the selection committee. Is this not weird?
Sportspersons like Jeev Milkha Singh, Vikas Gowda, Somdevvarman have been carrying the Indian flag on their shoulders for a long time. They might not have been world champions in their respective sport, but have been instrumental in placing India on the global map. While some youngsters are doing the same like P.V. Sindhu, who has won a number of competition against the best of the best shuttlers around the globe.
Saina Nehwal and Pulella Gopichand have received the award in the past with their incredible performance in the sport and for their contribution towards badminton. As per the Badminton Association, Sindhu is the most deserving candidate from badminton. Vijay Sinha, General Secretary of Badminton Association of India said, ''It is the decision of the government and selection committee. We are not going to interfere.''
administrator feels that the award should be given to someone. He
further added, ''Based on the performance, the award should be given
to someone. It is going to encourage the sportsperson as well.
Sportspersons should not be deprived.''