Awards always creates a stir and controversy in India. They start from cine awards from the lowest level to go up to the highest level – Bharat Ratna where each and every political party try to push their leader to be awarded either when they are alive or posthumously.
Awards given in the category of sports is no exception to this. We have seen sports personalities like Jwala Gutta and few others openly expressing their displeasure over the awards as and when they were announced. After concerns were raised about the Arjuna Award nominations, Union Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas on Saturday made it clear that Saketh Myneni is “no less deserving” than Rohan Bopanna for the prestigious Arjuna award. He was referring to the merit that was being questioned – the basis on which that he has been shortlisted.
“In tennis, we already had an application (Myneni), who is by no means less deserving and you can’t make your own judgement (as to who is deserving and who’s not). The applicant (Myneni) has made India proud at the Asian Games. That performance got him marks and his case was entitled to be considered,” Srinivas said. He also added “Rohan Bopanna’s achievements, nobody can ignore that. He has had the highest achievements but there is a process. So somebody has to nominate you, you need to sign an application, whether that system is best, is debatable”.
On the other hand, Satyanarayana who has coached Paralympic Gold Medallist Mariyappan has been dropped from the Dronacharya Award list. The decision was taken after it came to light that a criminal case pending against him before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Saket in Delhi.
“I have been wrongly denied an opportunity to receive the Dronacharya Award. Some people jealous of my achievements have made false allegations against my nomination for Dronacharya Award,” Satyanarayana told. He also added “I am shocked to hear these media reports that my name has been struck down on the basis of this defamation case.This case relates to a private complaint by someone who wanted to exact revenge for ousting him from Paralympic Committee of India. Moreover, the case has not reached chargesheeting/chargeframing stage and only summons were served. If I am going to be denied the Dronacharya Award on this basis, I feel it is not correct,” he said.