Sania Mirza conferred with Khel Ratna


New Delhi: Tennis star Sania Mirza, who won the Wimbledon woman’s doubles title was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Saturday. She became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting award after Leander Paes.

President Pranab Mukherjee presented the award to Sania, clad in a maroon saree and blue blazer, amid thunderous applause at the Darbar hall where Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was among the attendees.

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The President also gave away the Arjuna awards even as the line-up was low on star power in the absence of cricketer Rohit Sharma, who missed the ceremony alongside boxer Mandeep Jangra and quarter miler M R Poovamma. In all, the (retired) Justice V K Bali led panel had recommended 17 names for Arjuna.