Apurvi Chandela becomes world number 1 in 10m air rifle; Hockey India nominates Sreejesh for Khel Ratna Award – Current Affairs

Story 1 - Apurvi Chandela becomes world number 1 in 10m air rifle, Anjum claims second position

India’s Apurvi Chandela on May 1, 2019 became world number 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event, according to the latest rankings released by the International Shooting Sport Federation.

Hailing from Jaipur, the shooting ace is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country. The shooter took to twitter to share her joy on achieving the feat. “World Number 1 touched a milestone in my shooting career,” wrote Chandela.

Apurvi Chandela: Key Achievements

In 2012, Chandela won the gold medal in the 10 metres air rifle event at the National shooting championships in New Delhi.

In 2014, she won four medals at the Intershoot Championships at The Hague, that included two individual and two team medals.

In the same year, she won a gold in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, having scored 206.7 points in final, creating a new games record.

Though Chandela qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 10m air rifle event, where she finished at 34th position in the qualification round out of 51 contestants.

At the 2018 Asian Games, she paired with Ravi Kumar for the 10 meter air rifle mixed team event, and won a bronze medal. She also won a bronze medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In February 2019, Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.

While the 26-year-old Chandela has already booked a Tokyo Olympics berth, she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a total score of 207.8, at the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Beijing.

Other Indian shooters

While Chandela secured the first rank in the 10m air rifle event, another Indian shooting ace  Anjum Moudgil rose to the number two position in the event after consistent performances in recent years.

Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10m air rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.

Manu Bhaker is the next highest ranked Indian shooter, with her 10th rank in 25m pistol women category.

Among men, Divyansh Singh Panwar rose to the position of world number four in the 10m air rifle category. His rise in the rankings list is attributed to his two gold medal finish at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.

Besides winning a gold medal each in 10m air rifle event and in 10m air rifle mixed team event, Panwar also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India’s Abhishek Verma also rose to the world number three position in the 10m air pistol category, after winning a gold medal at Beijing. The next highest ranked shooter is Indian teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary, who is ranked 6th in the event.

Meanwhile, Anish Bhanwala, another of India’s talented young shooter, secured the 10th rank in 25m rapid fire pistol category.

Story 2- Hockey India nominates Sreejesh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Hockey India on May 1, 2019 nominated ace Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and three other players for the Arjuna Award.

The player names recommended for the Arjuna Award include midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and forward Akashdeep Singh and women's team defender Deepika.

About PR Sreejesh

The former captain made his national team debut in 2006. He has over 200 caps for the team and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2015.

He was conferred with the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award, in 2017.

If he wins the Khel Ratna award, Sreejesh will become only the third sportsperson from Kerala to receive the prestigious award.

He will also be the third hockey player to clinch the award.

Key Nominations

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: PR Sreejesh

Arjuna Award: Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Akashdeep Singh and Deepika

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement: RP Singh and Sandeep Kaur

Dronacharya Award: Baljeet Singh, BS Chauhan and Romesh Pathania

About the Awards

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest sporting honour of India. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989.

The award is conferred annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years at international level.

The award comprises a medallion, a citation, and a cash prize of Rupees 7.5 lakh.

Arjuna Award

The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to recognise outstanding achievement in sports.

Instituted in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of 5,00,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.

The criteria for the award is revised by the government over the years. As per the revised guidelines, to be eligible for the Award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.

Dhyan Chand Award

The Dhyan Chand Award is the lifetime achievement sporting honour of India.

The award is named after Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian field hockey player who scored more than 1000 goals during a career which spanned over 20 years from 1926 to 1948.

The award is conferred annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their contributions to sport both during their active sporting career and after retirement.

The award comprises a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and a cash prize worth Rs 5 lakh.

Dronacharya Award

The Dronacharya Award, officially known as Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games, is a sports coaching honour of India.

The award is named after Drona, often referred as "Dronacharya", a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata of ancient India. He was a master of advanced military warfare and was appointed as the royal preceptor to the Kaurava and the Pandava princes for their training in military arts and astras.

The award is conferred annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured to have done outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events over a period of four years.

The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a certificate, ceremonial dress and a cash prize worth Rs 5 lakh.

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