He said he believed there’s less weightage for team events, “and then you have Sania (Mirza) getting the Khel Ratna for being the doubles world No. 1 which is a team effort.”
He regretted that 2013 World Championship gold medalist Vidya Pillai had applied for the Arjuna, but her achievements were not even considered.
“Why is there discrimination when it comes to selecting people for awards or making policies?,” asked the 13-time world billiards and snooker champion.
Former sports minister Ajay Maken also feels that the sports awards are losing their sheen because of the controversies surrounding them. “In order to see that such controversies do not happen, the chairperson and the members of these awards committees should be non-partisan people. That’s why I made Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore chairperson of the awards selection committee.
Sania was conferred the award on August 29 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.