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Sheetal Devi, an arm-less archer, receives thunderous applause during the National Sports Awards ceremony

<p>President Droupadi Murmu presented India’s top athletes with national sports awards on Tuesday. The event took place at Rashtrapati Bhawan and included a regal ceremony wherein para archer Sheetal Devi and cricketer Mohammed Shami were welcomed with thunderous ovation. The coveted Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award went to shuttlers Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy for their outstanding 2023, which included winning the Indonesia Open Super 1000 title, the Asian Championships title, and their first Asian Games gold.</p>
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<p>Due to their present participation in the Malaysia Open Super 1000, the pair did not attend the event.</p>
<p>Usually held on August 29 to honor hockey hero Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary, the awards presentation was postponed because to the Hangzhou Asian Games, which took place last year from September 23 to October 8.</p>
<p>The Rashtrapati Bhawan was filled with joy as 26 sportsmen and para-athletes were selected for this year’s Arjuna Awards; Esha Singh, a teenage pistol prodigy, was the only one not there.</p>
<p>Esha, 19, is taking part in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Jakarta. On Monday, he won the gold in the 10m air pistol individual and team events, earning a trip to the Paris Olympics.</p>
<p>Many of the athletes who marched to the dais were gold winners from Hangzhou, leaving a lasting impression on the event. India set a record with 107 medals in the Asian Games last year.</p>
<p>When para archer Sheetal Devi, who won three gold medals at the Para Asian Games in Hangzhou, approached to pick up her Arjuna, the Durbar Hall echoed with the applause of the dignitaries.</p>
<p>The 16-year-old suffers from a rare medical ailment called phocomelia, which leaves her the only worldwide para-archery champion without upper limbs. As the adolescent took in the ambience and grandeur of the chamber, the President held Sheetal’s prize and the scroll.</p>
<p>Sincere congrats to Sheetal Devi on receiving the Arjuna Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in para-archery.</p>
<p>Sheetal, you have shown the world what a dedicated, passionate, and hardworking individual you are; you are an inspiration to both the country and the globe. I hope you tweet.com/0kOrh4io0Q</p>
<p>— @ianuragthakur, Anurag Thakur of Twitter January 9, 2024: To another thunderous wave of applause, Murmu then proceeded down the stage to award the Arjuna to wheelchair-bound para-canoeist Prachi Yadav, the gold medallist in Hangzhou.</p>
<p>Currently recuperating from an ankle ailment, Shami was present to accept the honors, and the audience rightly recognized his accomplishments by bestowing upon him and his artwork the position of honor and a standing ovation.</p>
<p>In seven World Cup matches last year, the speed bowler claimed 24 wickets.</p>
<p>“The next two tournaments and series are important, so I want to be as healthy as I can. At a sports ministry banquet yesterday night, he told PTI, “I will concentrate on fitness.</p>
<p>The elder sister of chess prodigy R. Praggnanandhaa, R. Vaishali, the recently minted Grandmaster, was also showered with praise.</p>
<p>Vaishali was recognized to become the nation’s third female general manager, following Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika.</p>
<p>Athlete Parul Chaudhary, boxer Mohammad Hussamuddin (who placed third in last year’s world championship), and wrestler Antim Panghal (a previous junior world champion and bronze medalist at the senior tournament) were among the other sports luminaries selected for the Arjuna award this year.</p>
<p>Praggnanandhaa’s chess tutor, RB Ramesh, is one of this year’s outstanding Dronacharya awards.</p>
<p>The Arjuna and Dronacharya awards include a financial prize of Rs 15 lakh, but the Khel Ratna has a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.</p>

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