Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Tennis sensation Sania Mirza

New Delhi, Aug 1: Union Sports Ministry has recommended the name of Tennis sensation Sania Mirza for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

According to reports, Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal has recommended the Wimbledon doubles champion’s name for the highest honour given for achievement in sports.

Sania Mirza won her career’s first ever women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in June. She also became world number one before winning the Grass Court major.

Ajit Sharan, Secretary in the Sports Ministry in New Delhi, however, made it clear that the final decision rest with the Awards Committee.

Sania is reportedly competing with squash player Deepika Pallikal and discus thrower Vikas Gowda for the prestigious award.

(With Agency Inputs)

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