NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE: The Board of Control for Cricket in India this year has not recommended anyone for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest honour for active sportspersons in the country, as it found no one worth the honour. The BCCI recommended Virat Kohli for the Arjuna Award and Sunil Gavaskar, for the Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime achievement. “The BCCI hasn’t sent any names for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as it didn’t find anyone who deserved it. There is absolutely no point in sending a recommendation just for the sake of it," a senior BCCI official said today.
Rahul Dravid had been spoken of last year in connection with the Khel Ratna award but did not get it because, according to some people, BCCI representative Ravi Shastri was absent from the relevant awards committee meeting.
Shastri later said he had not received any formal invitation from the sport ministry to attend it. Dravid received the Padma Bhusan Award, the third highest civilian honour in the country, earlier this year.
Kohli missed out on an Arjuna nomination last year as Yuvraj Singh got it on the basis of his seniority and his performances in the 2011 World Cup.
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