One of the greatest Indian wrestlers of all time, Bajrang Punia is all set to be crowned with the most prestigious honour in sports fraternity. The World Champion Punia will be conferred with the honour of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2019. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) put his name forward for the grand honour after witnessing his tremendous growth in the field of wrestling. His remarkable contribution in bringing golds for India made him the recipient of such a high honour. Apart from Punia, star female wrestler, Vinesh Phogat was also nominated by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the reputable honour. She has also worked very hard in wrestling and became the deserving candidate for this glorified honour.
The highest sporting honour of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been given to those sports personalities who made some spectacular and outstanding performances in their respective field over a period of four years. Punia performed exceptionally every time he came on the nat and this is the reason why he is honouring with the highest sports honour.
The 25-year-old young freestyle wrestler Punia has recently added one more gold in his personal medal tally. Punia won the lustrous gold medal for India in Tbilisi Grand Prix 2019 against Iranian opponent Mehran Nasiri at Georgia. He pinned down the strong opponent in the finals of 65 kg freestyle men’s wrestling category with a great margin of 2-0. In Ali Aliev invitational tournament 2019, the hero of Haryana clinched the gold after defeating local star Viktor Rassadin by 13-8 in the final bout of 65kg freestyle category.
Starboy Bajrang Punia is the best choice for 2019 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as he is considered among one of the most accomplished wrestlers in India and also become the first Indian to wrestle in New York’s iconic fight night in April 2019.
Last year, the star skipper of Indian National Cricket squad Virat Kohli and renowned weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were awarded with the great honour. However, the first Indian recipient of the highest sports glory was Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, who was bestowed with this privilege for his great performance in 1991-92.