INDIAN BOXER- AMIT PANGHAL NOMINATED FOR THE ARJUNA AWARD
The Boxing Federation of India believes that Panghal is most deserving of the award and has brought great pride to the country.
Amit Panghal, the amateur boxer who brought laurels to the country by winning the silver medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championship in the Flyweight Category, is currently the most successful boxer and is being nominated by the Boxing Federation of India for the Arjuna Award.
In fact, the boxer has been nominated by the Federation for the past two years as well, but could not receive the award because he was dope-tainted.
It is said that the boxer might not be considered even this year for the award because dope-tainted candidates are generally not considered for the award.
Nevertheless, the Federation has certainly confused in Panghal for his amazing approach and form of boxing due to which he has been nominated for the third time this year.
One of the officials of the BFI has told the news that they will keep sending Panghal's name as long as the latter does not win. The Federation believes that Panghal is most deserving of the award and has brought great pride to the country more often than any other contemporary boxer.
Panghal is headed to the Tokyo Olympics this year and the fact that he is participating in the greatest event in sports shows his qualification for the award.
Amit Panghal was one of the revolutionaries who approached the Sports Minister, Kiran Rijiju, requesting the Ministry to make the application for a national award free from any charges.
Also, his opinion is that the nomination and awarding processes are not fully transparent and he has faced great difficulty as a sportsperson in India. He also feels that more often than not, the undeserving candidates win the award.
Panghal's say in the matter is of considerable significance as the protocol demands that the sportsperson first registers under the award category, and is screened by a committee amidst all other applications received.
He says that the procedure can be cumbersome and those who deserve the award have often denied from accepting it. Also, he opines that the decision of the Sports Committee could be discriminative and one that is taken by those who cannot be held accountable for the same.