Sania Mirza’s name recommended for Khel Ratna

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New Delhi: The Union sports Ministry has confirmed the recommendation of Tennis Star Sania Mirza for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, but has also made it clear that the final decision regarding the awards will rest only with the awards committee.

Sania has won mixed doubles gold  with Saketh Myneni,  bronze in women’s doubles with Prarthana Thombare at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the US Open mixed doubles title with Bruno Soares last year, making her a favourite in winning this year’s award.

She has already been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2004 and Padma Shri in 2006.

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Sports Secretary Ajit Sharan said the Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal has indeed recommended to the tennis exponent for the highest honour given for achievement in sports.

Sharan said, “"We had got a late recommendation from AITA but the Minister accepted that and recommended the same to the Awards Committee but the final decision will rest with the awards committee.”