NEW DELHI, May 14: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has nominated ace shooter Anjum Moudgil for the Khel Ratna � the country�s highest sporting honour � while recommending Jaspal Rana for the Dronacharya Award for the second year in a row.
Moudgil, the 26-year-old rifle ace who started shooting in 2008, is among the first two Indians to have secured quota places for the Tokyo Olympics.
The NRAI on Thursday said it will be sending the Sports Ministry the names of champion pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker and promising rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan for the prestigious Arjuna Award.
Bhaker and Valarivan�s names were added to the list on Thursday, according to federation sources.
NRAI President Raninder Singh said in a statement, �Our shooters had an outstanding last season and it was a particularly difficult selection to make this time around.
�I wish all those recommended all the very best and hope those who could not make it this year, force us to do so next time around with their performances.
�I believe all are equally talented and will certainly reap rich awards if they carry on the way they have.�
Bhaker and Valarivan�s names were added to the list on Thursday. � PTI