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Kavita Raut Awarded With Arjuna Award; First From Nasik

Kavita Raut Awarded With Arjuna Award; First From Nasik

For her outstanding performance in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Kavita Raut from Sawarpada village in Nasik district was awarded with one of the most prestigious sports awards in the country, the Arjuna Award by the hand of Honorable President of India Mr. Pranav Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Any sportsperson need to show good performance constantly for the earlier three years at the international level with superiority for the year for which the award is suggested. Person should also have revealed qualities of sportsmanship, a sense of discipline and leadership to eligible for this award. A scroll of honor, a statuette, a cash award of Rs 5 lakhs and ceremonial dress are included in this award.

Kavita Raut is the winner of bronze medal at Commonwealth Games and the silver and bronze medal at Asian Games. She has been practicing and training at the SAI Athletic Centre, Bhonsala Military School. She became an international athletics with the help of NIS coach Veejendra Singh and the support of the NDAAA (Nasik District Amateur Athletic Association).

After 30 years any sportsperson from Maharashtra is getting this award. 30 years before runner Adille Sumariwala was awarded with this award. Even though Kavita didn't qualified for London Olympic 2012, but her previous performance make the award panel of sports ministry to bestow her with Arjuna Award. Kavita said that this award is not end of her career but will inspire her for achieving glory in World Championship and Olympic 2016.

Eight coaches comprising of two for lifetime achievement were awarded with the Dronacharya Awards. The Award included of a plaque, a ceremonial dress, a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs and scroll of honour.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the 2004 Olympic Games shooting silver medallist was heading the selection committee along with Khazan Singh, the swimmer, Bhaichung Bhutia, the footballer, Akhil Kumar, the boxer and others.