Kohli, Chanu recommended for Khel Ratna

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New Delhi, September 18: India skipper Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were on Monday jointly recommended for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — the country’s highest sporting honour.

Besides Chopra, other prominent sportsperson recommended for the Arjuna Awards were junior world champion sprinter Hima Das and Asian Games gold-medallist middle distance runner Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, multiple Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra and Asian Games doubles gold-medallist tennis player Rohan Bopanna.

These recommendations are subject to approval by sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Once ratified by him, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the awards on 25 September at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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