Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) nominated two time Olympic medal winner wrestler Sushil Kumar for India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhusan.
WFI also suggested and forwarded the names of Sushil’s long time coach Dronacharya awardee, Yashvir Singh and female wrestler Alka Tomar to the Sports Ministry for the Padma Shri.
Snooker champion Pankaj Advani’s name is also recommended for the Bharat Ratna and Shooter Jitu Rai’s name was selected for Padma Shri.
WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that the federation has recommended all these three names for the honour earlier last month.
Two years ago Sushil’s name once recommended for that honour but was rejected. He is the only Indian athlete who won two individual Olympic medals; a bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in 2012 London Olympics.
Sushil Kumar is already honoured with the country’s highest sporting honour, Khel Ratna. He has won gold medal in World Championship and he is also a two time Commonwealth Games gold medalist and a four-time Commonwealth Champion.
The wrestler didn’t take part in Rio Olympics and Narsingh Yadav was selected to represent India in men’s 74 kg freestyle category in the Games.
However, Narsingh Yadav couldn’t compete in Rio as he was tested positive for dope and awarded four years ban.
Both WFI and the Delhi High Court rejected Sushil’s plea to take part and represent India in Rio in the 74 kg category after a long legal battle.