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Sodhi's name stirs controversy

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The recommendation of shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday sparked off a controversy with some members of the selection panel raising questions about the process of his selection. It is learnt that Sodhi's name was not there when the majority of members decided to vote for the Khel Ratna awardee but brought back later for consideration.

New Delhi (PTI): The recommendation of shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday sparked off a controversy with some members of the selection panel raising questions about the process of his selection. It is learnt that Sodhi's name was not there when the majority of members decided to vote for the Khel Ratna awardee but brought back later for consideration.

A selection panel member said thatCommonwealth Games gold-medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia and LondonParalympics silver medallist HN Girisha were shortlisted for voting by 11 out of 12 selection panel members and Sodhi's name was not considered initially.

He said the scenario changed after one member, a former shooter, came in late for the meeting and Girisha's name was removed and there was voting between Sodhi and Poonia.

"Out of the 12 members of selection panel 10 were present when the meeting started. Two members came late for the meeting, the selection panel member said on condition of anonymity. "10 of us decided that there would be voting between Poonia and Girisha for Khel Ratna. After that we started discussions on Arjuna Awards. But after one member came in , Sodhi was brought back in the fray," he added.

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