Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane honoured with Arjuna Award ahead of India-New Zealand Tests

PTI, Sep, 16 2016

New Delhi: Star cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were on Friday conferred with the coveted Arjuna Award for this year and the previous year respectively by Sports Minister Vijay Goel in New Delhi.

Rahane and Rohit, who have been named in the Indian team for the three-Test series against New Zealand starting on 22 September, were honoured with the Arjuna Awards at a function held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

 

 

 

 

Rahane and Rohit could not earlier receive the Arjuna Awards from the President of India, as they were participating in international tournaments.

Speaking on the occasion, Goel said that while there's no doubt that cricket is among the most popular games in India, the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to promote indigenous and other sports as well.

He said the recent success of the country's athletes at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has made every Indian proud.

The Arjuna Awards, instituted in 1961, are given to sportspersons for consistent outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.

The awardees are given a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and prize money of Rs 5 lakh.

Published Date: Sep 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 16, 2016



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115