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20 Sep, 2018
The Sports Ministry of India has ultimately made its decision to
bequeath one of the most prestigious awards for superiority in sports to the
Indian Para-badminton champion Raj Kumar.
The shuttler who hails from Punjab has awarded Arjuna Award by
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Union Sports Minister of India also with the
presence of the Sports secretary Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.
A Times of India report says that two years ago, the selection
committee of the Sports Ministry denied the shuttler two years back, for Arjuna
award as the committee failed to recognize his contribution in the sport of
badminton and his credentials were also ignored. Later the shuttler approached
to the Delhi High Court on the move of government bestowing award to a
Para-athlete having the score of 50 out of 80, instead of Kumar who holds a
super score of 75.5 out of 80. The Delhi High Court announced its verdict in
favor of the Para-badminton athlete Kumar.
As quoted in the News World India, the judgment was, "Kumar
got a communication from the ministry informing him that he will be presented
with the award on September 19. The athlete, together with his close friends
reached Delhi and received the prestigious award."
After receiving the award, Kumar expressed gratitude towards his
The outstanding Para-badminton athlete Kumar Raj Kumar along with
his partner Parul D Parmar prevailed gold in the Mixed Doubles category at the
BWF para-badminton World Championships 2015 held in Buckinghamshire, England.