India’s table tennis star Manika Batra was on Tuesday recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the national federation TTFI.

Manika, who missed out on the highest sporting honour last year, is India’s first woman paddler to win a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She achieved the feat in the 2018 edition in which she won as many four medals including two gold medals.

In the same edition held in Gold Coast, the 24-year-old had led India to its first ever women’s team gold at the Commonwealth Games. Five months later, the current world No. 63 created more history by winning a mixed doubles bronze alongside Sharath Kamal at the Asian Games in Jakarta.


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“We feel she deserves the honour and that is why decided to nominate her for the second time,” TTFI secretary general M. P….

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