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Sania Mirza recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The Sports Ministry confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna but made it clear that the final decision rests with only the Awards Committee.
Born: 15 November 1986 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Presently, she is ranked world No. 1 in women’s tennis doubles.
Achievements: Sania has won 2015 women’s Doubles Wimbledon Title along with her partner Martina Hingis (Switzerland). She also has won 3 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles including Australian Open (2009), French Open (2012) and US Open (2014). In 2014, she was appointed brand ambassador of Telangana state.
Awards: Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006). About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award Established: It was instituted in the year 1991–92. The words Khel Ratna in Hindi literally mean sports gem. Named after the former Prime Minister of India, (late) Rajiv Gandhi. It is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports given by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Award carries: a medal, scroll of honour and monetary award of 7.5 lakh rupees.