Golfers Rashid Khan, Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar have been really useful for this yr’s Arjuna Awards by the nationwide federation. Rashid is the very best ranked Indian male golfer on the planet, whereas Aditi, who featured within the 2016 Rio Olympics, is the one girl golfer from the nation to be at present enjoying on the Ladies PGA Tour within the US. She has three wins on Ladies European Tour.
Diksha, the winner of silver medal in 2017 Deaflympics, received the Women’s South African Open, and was a positive shot qualifier for Tokyo Olympics this yr earlier than it acquired postponed.
Their names have been really useful by the Indian Golf Union (IGU). Professional our bodies Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and the Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) typically ship their suggestions to IGU. If it was not for COVID-19 pandemic, there was a robust probability of all of the three making it to the Tokyo Olympics staff.
Rashid missed a person bronze medal by one shot, however helped the Indian staff win a staff silver in Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. He is the highest-ranked Indian in Asia at 10th and can also be the highest Indian on the planet at 185th. He received two titles on the Asian Tour in 2014, and has triumphed eight instances on the home Tour. He has additionally been India No. 1 on home PGTI Tour on three completely different events, together with 2019 season. Recently, he had a string of Top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour, earlier than COVID-19 introduced the tournaments to a halt.
Aditi received 3 times on the Ladies European Tour, and now performs on the Ladies PGA, probably the most aggressive and largest golf Tour for ladies on the planet.
Diksha, 19, is an rising expertise. She represented India on the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, earlier than turning skilled in 2019. Just like Aditi, Diksha additionally received the Ladies European Tour in her rookie yr in 2019 when she received the Women’s South African Open. She turned the youngest Indian to take action.
Seventeen Indian golfers have acquired the Arjuna Award, of which solely three are girls. The final girl golfer being bestowed the coveted award was Nonita Lall in 1987. The different two girls recipients have been Anjali Desai (1972) and Sita Rawlley (1977).