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Boxer Manoj Kumar likely to get Arjuna Award: sources

Sep 17, 2014 12:12 PM IST India India

Boxer Manoj Kumar, who had approached the High Court after being overlooked for the Arjuna Award, is likely to get the sports honour - sources told CNN-IBN on Wednesday.

According to the sources, Manoj's coach has received a call from the Sports Ministry about the development. After Manoj's plea, the HC had sought a reply from government for not considering him for the award.

Earlier in August, the Centre had said the case of Manoj will be placed before the panel again and irrespective of its decision, the Sports Ministry will consider his eligibility for the award.

Manoj, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, said that he was informed of the ministry's decision this morning.

The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the Arjuna Awards had led to Manoj approaching the sports ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to a list of 15 athletes in a review meeting.

But after being snubbed for a second time in the review meeting, Manoj took the legal route and filed a case in the Delhi High Court.

"It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I'm glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games," said the light welterweight category boxer to PTI.

(with PTI inputs)