Speaking on the occasion, the senior politician averred, “It is a matter of immense pride for us that six players of Madhya Pradesh were part of the previous Olympic hockey team. Our sports budget has been enhanced to a whopping Rs 150 crore from a mere Rs 5 cr in 2006. Muskan Kirar gave a sterling performance in archery and Harshita Tomar in sailing at the 2018 Asiad.”
In the words of Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, despite the unprecedented crisis spawned by the novel coronavirus, training is being imparted since August while following safety norms in letter and spirit.
Olympian hockey player Inam-ur-Rehman was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Eklavya honours were received by Ajatshatru Sharma (Canoeing-Kayaking), Aditya Dubey (Soft Tennis), APS Tomar (Shooting), Gargi Singh Parihar (Karate), Anshita Pandey (Wushu), Param Padam Birthare (Swimming), Shankar Pandey (Fencing), Akshat Joshi (Equestrian), Anusha Kutumbale (Table Tennis), Priyanshu Rajawat (Badminton), Govind Bairagi (Sailing), Shivangani Verma (Softball), Ishika Chaudhary (Hockey) and Nityata Jain (Chess). Vikram awards went to Rajeshwari Kusharam (Canoeing-Kayaking), Faraz Khan (Equestrian), Advait Page (Swimming), M Kirar (Archery), Jai Meena (Soft Tennis), Chinky Yadav (Shooting), Pooja Parkhe (Softball), Karisma Yadav (Hockey), Jankibai (Judo) and Chandrakant Harde (Throwball). Those conferred Vishwamitra awards were Abhilash MT (Swimming), Girdhari Lal Yadav (Sailing) and Sharad Jape (Kho-kho).