Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is all set to receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on September 25.
The Sports ministry announced the official list on Thursday and the decision of giving this honor to Kohli has not gone down well with the other athletes.
After the announcement, speculations have been doing rounds that the ministry rates cricket higher than any other sport. Wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had received the highest score of 80 on the scoring sheet but still could not manage to make a cut to the final list.
On the other hand, Kohli did not score any point as there is no criteria that has been set for cricket, which is not an Olympic sport.
Feeling dejected after the announcement, Bajrang Punia has said that he would approach the court after missing out on the honor. He also said that he was really hurt by this announcement.
Many people think that this is an insult to the athletes who compete at the world level and bring medals for our country. Despite the marking scheme, the final decision to name the awardees for the country’s highest sports award is done by a show of hands.
Kohli’s selection was done through a show of hands. Eight out of 11 members supported for Virat’s candidature.
Interestingly, the committee has the power to award discretionary points (up to 20) to a sportsperson over and above the points given for achievements in World Championships, Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games.
But, despite getting the highest points, Punia and Phogat could not make the list of people whose names have been announced by the ministry.
This is not the way that world-class athletes like Bajrang and Vinesh should be treated. They scored the highest points on the scoring sheet, but still, they were not able to get to the final list. This again, makes everyone think that Cricket is superior to all the other sports in this country.
We all know cricket is a religion in India, but it is quite a sad story that other sports or people related to other games suffer due to the star power involved in cricket.
The people are again witnessing the same old story about the sufferings of the sportsmen which are brushed under the carpet because of one game that rules the country.
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar