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I can tell Kapil Dev I am a CWG gold winner: Manoj

I can tell Kapil Dev I am a CWG gold winner: Manoj
‘On Wednesday I can tell Kapil Dev that I am Manoj Kumar, who had won the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and now I have got the Arjuna award,’ Manoj told reporters after being belatedly bestowed with the prestigious honour by the sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his
Shastri Bhawan office.

‘I have on Wednesday given a fitting reply to Kapil Dev,’ he added. Manoj was earlier denied the award by the Kapil Dev-led selection committee even as another boxer Jai Bhagwan was recommended for the coveted honour. According to the boxer, Kapil had cut the phone when he wanted to convey his grievances, asking who he was. ‘When I called Kapil Dev, he asked me ‘do I know you’. I informed him ‘I am boxer Manoj, who won a gold medal in CWG. And my name has been removed from the Arjuna Award list and you are giving the award to a bronze medallist’.

But he cut the phone, saying that ‘I don’t want to talk about all these things’, recalled the light welterweight category boxer. He added, ‘My work is to do boxing. Going by my achievements I simply deserved the award. I don’t know who made those false allegations against me of doping and I had been ruled out.’ 
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