Sania for Khel Ratna
The Sports Ministry on Saturday 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.
Sania won her career’s first ever women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in June. She also became world number one before winning the Grass Court major. Sports Secretary Ajit Sharan said the Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal has recommended to the tennis exponent for the highest honour given for achievement in sports. “We had got a late recommendation from AITA, the Minister accepted that and recommended the same to the Awards Committee,” Sharan said.