Indian women’s hockey group skipper Rani Rampal, who has been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, on Saturday arrived at Bengaluru’s Sports activities Authority of India sporting Personal Protective Machines (PPE) kit as a precautionary measure to overcome COVID-19. Rani, Mariyappan T (Para-Athletics), and Manika Batra (Table Tennis) are among the five athletes, who have been conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
“She is Rani Rampal, Captain of Indian Women’s Hockey Team. She is all all set with well being safety steps to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award virtually from the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji today. #NationalSportsDay,” Union Sports activities Minister Rijiju tweeted.
She is Rani Rampal, Captain of Indian Women’s Hockey Team. She is all all set with well being safety steps to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award virtually from the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji today at 11am.#NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/wSvckHYF0N
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2020
An unparalleled 74 athletes and coaches have been selected for this year’s national athletics honours. Of which, sixty awardees attended the National Sports activities and Adventure Awards 2020 by means of a virtual celebration on Saturday, August 29.
Some of the noteworthy names missing from the awards ceremony have been wrestler Vinesh Phogat and cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.
Whilst the two cricketers skipped the ceremony owing to their commitments with their respective IPL franchises, Vinesh Phogat made the decision to skip the celebration following she tested positive for COVID-19.
All well being and safety protocols, in preserving with the tips of the Health Ministry, have been adopted at all the venues where dignitaries and awardees have been present.
The awardees attended the ceremony from different places throughout the state – Bengaluru, Pune, Sonepat, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Hyderabad, and Itanagar.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports activities Kiren Rijiju, President of the Indian Olympic Affiliation Narendra Dhruv Batra, and several other dignitaries have attended the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
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