The Boxing Federation of India on Monday nominated world silver-medallist Amit Panghal and the seasoned Vikas Krishan for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, picking only Olympic-bound names as its nominees for the annual honours.
Panghal (52kg), also an Asian Games champion, has not won any national sports award. He is being nominated for the Arjuna award for the past three years but has not been considered by the selection committee because of a 2012 "inadvertent" dope offence.
Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist Krishan (69kg) won the Arjuna award in 2012.
Yadav is also closely associated with six-time world champion M C Mary Kom.
The last day for filing nominations is Wednesday.