New Delhi : The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has recommended doubles specialists N Sikki Reddy and B Sumeeth Reddy for this year’s Arjuna awards.

Sikki and Sumeeth, who tied the knot in February, have been consistently performing well for India and are regulars in the national team.

“We have recommended Sikki and Sumeeth for Arjuna this year. They have been doing well. Hope they receive the awards. Our shuttlers have regularly won awards. Last year, P V Sindhu was honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award,” a BAI official told PTI.

Sandeep, Hardeep also get nominated

Freestyle wrestler Sandeep Tomar and greco-Roman grappler Hardeep Singh have been recommended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the prestigious Arjuna award.

Sandeep won the Commonwealth and Asian Championship gold medals last year. Hardeep, on the other hand, claimed a silver at the Asian meet and a gold at the Commonwealth Championships.

However, the WFI has decided against sending any nomination in the women’s category. “We have not sent any nomination in the women’s category but they can apply directly as is the norm,” WFI Secretary Vinod Tomar said.

For the Dronacharya award, national coach Kuldeep Malik has been nominated.

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