Boxer Amit Panghal nominated for Khel Ratna, disappointed at his constant neglect


The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has also announced its contenders for the sports awards. The name of World Boxing Championship silver medalist Amit Panghal and veteran boxer Vikas Krishnan were extended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Monday. The BFI has named the bronze medal-winning trio Lovlina Borgohin (69 kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 kg), and Manish Kaushik (63 kg) for the Arjuna Award at the World Championships. Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medalist Krishnan (69 kg) has won the Arjuna Award in 2012. The Federation nominated the women's team national coach Mohammad Ali Qamar and assistant coach Chhote Lal Yadav for the Dronacharya Award. Yadav is also associated with six-time world champion MC Mary Kom.

Amit Panghal wrote a letter to Sports Minister

Asian Games gold medalist Panghal (52kg) has not won any National Sports Awards so far, being nominated for the Arjuna Award for the last three years, but in the case of doping in 2012's 'Unintentional' His name was not considered by the selection committee for being found guilty, following which the Haryana boxer recently called on the current method to be discriminatory, urging Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju to change the selection process for the National Sports Awards. He has been consistently ignored for the Arjuna Award for unintentional dope crime in 2012.

In a letter to the minister, Panghal said that players should not apply themselves by nomination. The Indian boxer, the only silver medalist at the World Championship, said, "In the current process a player has to send an application. The Sports Committee then selects on the basis of these applications. The award selection consists of discriminatory decisions by members of the Sports Committee, which have no accountability. The Sports Ministry and Sai have all the records. They know who is entitled and who is not. If not this year, even if next year but change should happen sometime.