New Delhi, Nov 26: MoS for Youth Affairs & Sports Sarbananda Sonowal conferred Arjuna Award 2014 to Boxer Manoj Kumar on Wednesday, in recognition of his achievements in international sports events.
Manoj Kumar won gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2010 and bronze medal in Asian Boxing Championship 2013.
Earlier, Manoj was denied the award by the Kapil Dev-led selection committee even as another boxer Jai Bhagwan was recommended for the coveted honour.
Feeling “insulted”, Manoj had approached the Sports Ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to the list in a review meeting. But after being snubbed for a second time in the review meeting, Manoj filed a case in the Delhi High Court.
Manoj on the case and that led to the ministry accepting his nomination for the award.
Manoj Kumar reportedly slammed head of Arjuna Award selection committee Kapil Dev for not supporting him.
(With Agency Inputs)