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Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth nominated for Khel Ratna from badminton, Koneru Humpy from chess

The nominations keep pouring in for the most prestigious Indian sports award: the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. On Thursday, a couple of badminton players and a chess player were nominated for the same. Check them out.

Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth nominated for Khel Ratna from badminton, Koneru Humpy from chess-ayh
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 1, 2021, 6:10 PM IST
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The nominations for the most prestigious Indian sports award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, are underway from various sporting verticals. Meanwhile, a few more players were nominated on Thursday.

As for badminton, B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth, currently, Tokyo-bound, have been nominated by the Badminton Association of India, reports PTI. While Praneeth is a 2019 bronze medalist during the World Championships, Srikanth has been without titles of late, despite winning four in 2017.

Besides, HS Prannoy, Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sameer Verma have been nominated for the Arjuna Award. While S Muralidharan and PU Bhaskar Babu have been chosen for the Dronacharya Award, Leroy D'sa and PVV Lakshmi have been specified for the Dhyanchand Award.

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Meanwhile, in chess, the All India Chess Federation has drafted Koneru Humpy, who is the ruling world rapid chess champion among women. The third-ranked woman chess player has already won the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.

Meanwhile, as many as seven players have been specified for the Arjuna that consists of Vidit S Gujrathi, B Adhiban, SP Sethuraman, MR Lalith Babu, Bhakti Kulkarni and Padmini Rout. Moreover, Abhijit Kunte has been decided for the Major Dhyanchand award.

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