The 20-year-old Chopra, who also won the gold medal in the 2016 world junior championships, has also been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the federation.Commonwealth Games gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour the Khel Ratna Award by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Friday
The 20-year-old Chopra, who also won the gold medal in the 2016 world junior championships, has also been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the federation.
The federation has also nominated legendary athlete turned coach PT Usha and India youth team coach, Sanjay Garnaik for the Dronacharya Award.
The AFI also recommended Bobby Aloysius, Kuldeep Singh Bhullar and Jata Shankar for the Dhyanchand Award, while sending TP Ouseph’s name to the ministry for Life Time Achievement Award.
Chopra became only the fifth Indian athlete to have won a track and field gold medal at the Commonwealth Games after after throwing 86.47m. He had earlier claimed a gold at the World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland with a throw of 86.48m, which is still a world record in the youth category. He also won a gold at the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar.