ONGC conferred Rastriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar; 4 ONGCians receive Arjuna, Dhyanchand Awards
Dated : 31 August 2020 04:32:00 PM
On 29 August 2020 the President of India Mr Ram Nath Kovind conferred National Awards 2020 to ONGC and ONGC sports stars, with Rastriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for the Energy Maharatna and three Arjuna Awards and one Dhyanchand award for ONGC sports persons.
Top Indian sportsmen/women were bestowed with the honors on 29 August, the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, annually celebrated as India’s National Sports Day.
The Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Arjuna Award is given for consistent outstanding performance for four years; Dhyan Chand Award is for life time contribution to sports development. The Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.
ONGC received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar in the category of “Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility”. The award was received on behalf of ONGC by Head Corporate Sports Dr Shivendra Dutt Shukla.
Three ONGCians Mr Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Basketball), Mr Ishant Sharma (Cricket) and Ms Madhurika Patkar (Table Tennis) received Arjuna awards from the President for their impressive performance in their respective game disciplines.
Mr Vishesh Bhriguvanshi made his debut for the India national basketball team in 2009 at the FIBA Asia Championship. He has been the training player for Adelaide 36ers of the national basketball league.
He has helped India to win a 3x3 basketball gold medal at the Asian Beach Games in 2008 and has since been playing in every major FIBA Asia Championship and is one of the finest basketball players of the country. He is currently captain of Indian basketball team.
Ms Madhurika Patkar, Commonwealth Gold medalist in 2018 Gold Coast, was part of the historic Gold Medal winning team. She won her maiden national title in 2017 and became the national champion in singles category. She has also been instrumental in Indian performances over the last decade.
Mr Ishant Sharma has been one of the premier fast bowlers of the country. He is household name in cricket fraternity.
He has more than 400 wickets combined in Tests and One day Internationals. Mr Sharma has been a force to reckon with in fast bowling. His performances outside India have been phenomenal. He is regarded as vital cog in the Indian Test Line up. Interestingly, Mr Sharma is married to International basketball player, Ms Pratima Singh, who is also an Arjuna Awardee in Basketball.
Mr Manpreet Singh, who represented India in 2002 and 2006 Asian games, received the Dhyanchand Award in Kabaddi, which is lifetime achievement in sports and games.
Mr Manpreet was an integral part of the Indian team which won the world cup in 2007. Earlier, he has captained Patna Pirates, in their maiden pro kabaddi title. Right now, as head coach of Gujarat Fortune Giants, he is helping the youngsters with his experience and knowledge.
On conclusion of the award presentation, ONGC received accolades and congratulatory messages from the dignitaries present, especially from Paralympian Ms Deepa Malik – Padamshree & Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee of last year. She told sports minister that when nobody was willing to come forward and support her in the time of need of her career, ONGC came forward and supported her training.
ONGC has always been in the forefront when it comes to the development and promotion of the sports in the country. Under its sports policy, ONGC has identified promising and hidden sports talent in the country and nurtured them to take up challenges at the National and International levels.
The entire ceremony was streamed lived on (https://webcast.gov.in/myas/sportsawards/), and was witnessed throughout the world, in which ONGC received a record number of five awards.