Former India opener Virender Sehwag and celebrated athlete P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this year's Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees.
The Committee, to be headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this year's awardees.
The Committee has Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srivastava (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (Joint Secretary, Sports Ministry) as the other members.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games is one of the highest honors presented to a sports-person in their respective field. The award comprises of a Medallion, certificate and a cash prize as well.
The Arjuna Award is presented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National Sports. The Arjuna award comprises of a scroll, a bronze statue of Arjuna and cash prize.