Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia who won a gold medal for Rio Paralympics in 2016 created history as he was named to receive the Khel Ratna Award which is country’s highest honour for any sportspersons, ANI reported on Thursday.
Former hockey team captain Sardar Singh’s name was also forwarded for the prestigious award.
Jhajharia had first represented India at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004 in the age of 24 and had gone on to create a new world record with a throw of 62.15m to become India’s first gold medalist.
The award will be jointly awarded to both sportsmen. Sardar is widely known as one of the finest modern day hockey players.
He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
Meanwhile, cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur were named among the Arjuna Award winners of this year.
In fact, Jhajharia became the first para athlete to be recommended for the prestigious award.