India goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh and former women’s team player Deepika were on Saturday nominated by Hockey India for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Besides the duo, vice-captain of India’s Tokyo Olympics-bound men’s team Harmanpreet Singh and women’s team members Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur were nominated for the Arjuna awards.
The national federation also nominated R.P. Singh and Ch Sanggai Ibemhal for the Dhyan Chand Award — for Lifetime Achievement — while coaches BJ Kariappa and CR Kumar were recommended for the Dronacharya Award.
According to a statement issued by HI, the period of consideration for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award was between January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2020.
During that period, the 35-year-old Sreejesh, who will be playing in his third Olympics, has played a key role in India’s silver medal win at the 2018 Hockey Champions Trophy in…