Commonwealth Games gold-medallist boxer Manoj Kumar is finally to get the Arjuna Award, announced Indian sports ministry. Led by Kapil Dev, the committee had earlier refused to give the Arjuna award to the boxer.
Earlier, feeling “insulted” after his name was not added to this year’s list of Arjuna awardees, boxer Manoj Kumar had said that he would sue the Sports Ministry for the “injustice” meted out to him after the selection committee decided not to make any changes to the original 15-athlete list.
“When my elder brother met the Sports Secretary on August 13, the Sports Secretary had admitted that there was a mistake on the part of the ministry. The SAI DG himself called me up the next day and assured me that my name will be added in the Arjuna list. But all these turned out to be false promises,” Manoj said.
Manoj’s elder brother and coach Rajesh Kumar had said that he will file a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. “This is an injustice to my brother. What motivation an athlete will have to bring laurels for the country if he was treated like this? I will file a case at the High Court in Chandigarh very soon,” Rajesh said then.
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