Heena Sidhu, Ankur Mittal recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
New Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Monday recommended pistol shooter Heena Sidhu and trap shooter Ankur Mittal for the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour.
Anjum Moudgil (rifle), Shahzar Rizvi (pistol) and Om Prakash Mitharwal (pistol) have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards.
29-year-old Heena Sidhu is the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) world rankings.
Heena has three medals at the Asian Games, with a silver medal in 2010, and a bronze medal in 2014 and 2018.
She is a multiple gold medallist at the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth and Asian Championships.
On the other hand, Ankur Mittal has been one of the most consistent Indian shooters in shotgun, having won silver and gold medals at the World Cups in 2017.
The double trap exponent bagged gold medals at the Asian Championships 2017 and Commonwealth Championships in 2018. He claimed silver at the ISSF World Shotgun Championship and became the world No 1 in double trap.
Moudgil was the first Indian to secure a quota place in shooting for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she won the women’s air rifle silver in style in the World Championship last September.
Rizvi is the winner of World Cup gold and silver medals – with a world record to boot – in 2018.
Mitharwal was a smashing success in the last World Championship, winning the men’s 50m gold medal in Changwon, Korea.