New Delhi. The Sports Ministry official has said that the National Sports Awards ceremony is likely to be delayed by a month or two due to the corona virus epidemic this year but the final decision will be taken only after getting directions from Rashtrapati Bhavan. National Sports AwardsUnder this, the President of India gives Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 29 August every year. The National Sports Awards are given on the occasion of the birthday of the legendary hockey player Major Dhyanchand. But they may be delayed this year due to the epidemic but a final decision is awaited. "We have not received any instructions from Rashtrapati Bhavan so far," said a ministry official. We are waiting for information regarding the Sports Awards. So at this time it is very difficult to say when the awards will be given. "He said," Due to Kovid-19, there are restrictions on public gathering across the country, so no ceremony should be organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Stayed.''
"In the past also the award ceremony has been held with delay, so if the ceremony does not take place on August 29, we can organize it even after one or two months," the official said. For the time being, health and safety should be the priority of all. ”Due to the epidemic, the Sports Ministry had to extend the deadline for submitting online applications for the awards last month. The players were also allowed to nominate themselves. Due to the approval to nominate themselves, a large number of applications have come for the awards, but the Sports Ministry has not yet set up a committee to decide the winners, while the event is scheduled to be held for a month only. Time is up It is learned that the ministry has not yet started reviewing the applications and the delay is almost certain. A source in the ministry said, "This year will definitely be delayed by the Sports Awards as review of applications is a difficult task which has not started yet," he said. "But the awards will definitely be given. There is no question of denying deserving players and coaches.