In a letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Naresh Kumar Sharma said that allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against him by a trainee after he "told her that as per SAI rules, no personal coach was allowed at the range"
Selection Committee for Sports Awards 2019 nominated names of Bajrang Punia (wrestling) and Deepa Malik (para-athletics) for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and 19 payers including cricketer Ravindra Jadeja and athlete Mohammed Anas Yahiya for the Arjuna Award
Interestingly, a BAI source said HS Prannoy's recommendation for the Arjuna Award had gone late to the Sports Ministry. The 27-year-old had won a gold in the mixed team event in the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Deepa Malik, who won a silver in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was added for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by a 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting.