New Delhi: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has thanked the government for honouring him with the Arjuna Award and said the recognition will always inspire him to give his best for the country on the cricket field.
Jadeja is among the 19 sports persons who were presented with the Arjuna Award this year.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Government of India for honouring me with the Arjuna Award. I would also like to congratulate the other winners as well. They’ve performed brilliantly in their fields,” Jadeja said in a video message posted on the BCCI’s Twitter handle.
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“My sincere effort always will be to lift the reputation of the Indian team and my country whenever I play for India. I will always try to win matches for the team and make the country proud,” Jadeja added. He missed the National Awards ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday on the occasion of National Sports Day as he is currently at the Caribbean with the national team.
The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in sports. Started in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of Rs 5,00,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.
Over the years the scope of the award has been expanded and a large number of sports persons who belonged to the pre-Arjuna Award era were also included in the list. Further, the number of disciplines for which the award is given was increased to include indigenous games and the physically handicapped category.
The government has revised the criteria for the Arjuna Award over the years. As per the revised guidelines, a sportsperson, to be eligible for the Award, should not only have shown good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. The total amount awarded is Rs 35,00,00,000.