Turning the Khel Ratna into a political contest, as Krishan Poonia has done, disrespects not only the process but the award itself.
The athlete's reaction came after ace shooter and Khel Ratna selection panel member Anjali Bhagwat revealed that Poonia had called her to lobby for the top honour.
Poonia, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was upset that the committee ignored her for the Khel Ratna despite having support from some members.
The ministry was supposed to make the list final Tuesday, but Poonia, who is upset at not getting the Khel Ratna, spent the whole day lobbying for the award at the ministry.
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh today had one round of meeting with his secretary PK Deb and Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson and decided to meet again tomorrow for a final decision.
The recommendation of shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the Khel Ratna has sparked off a controversy as a member of the selection panel has raised questions about the selection process.
Sushil came up with the suggestion that Poonia and Sodhi be jointly conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Poonia first visited the Sports Ministry but since Singh was not available there, she went to the Defence Ministry but to no avail.
Commonwealth Games gold-medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia and London Paralympics silver medallist HN Girisha were considered for the award but not chosen.
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