Three-time World Cup medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam has been nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Hel Ratna, the highest sports honor in the country, by the Indian Archery Association (AAI).
AAI also recommended legendary coach and Olympic Limba Ram for the Dronacharya (Lifetime) award.
The national federation also recommended silver medalist from the Asian Games team Muscan Kirar for the Arjuna award and renowned archery coach Lokesh Chand Pal for this year’s Dronacharya award.
“Last year, reverse shooters received National Awards, so this time we chose from the compound section,” a senior AAI official told PTI.
The 24-year-old Jyothi won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Individual Championships in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
This was her second medal at the World Championships. She won team silver in Mexico in 2017, after which she was awarded the coveted Arjuna Prize.
In total, she has two silver medals from the World Cup and four bronze medals. She was also a silver medalist in the 2018 World Cup final final in the mixed doubles competition with Abhishek Verma.
Joti is also a two-time medalist at the Asian Games – team bronze in 2014 and silver in 2018 with Muscan.
The National Federation has also nominated Abhishek Verma’s childhood coach Lokesh Chand Pal for the Dronacharya Award.
It was Pal who had brought 13-year-old Verma to archery before making him world champion in 2015 – the first Indian to do so in the composite section.
Verma again achieved the feat, winning the stage 3 gold medal at the World Cup in Paris on Saturday.
Limba Ram, a 49-year-old Indian archery legend, has been battling a neurological disease in recent years.
He has had a successful career as India’s head coach since 2009 and has won several medals, including three gold medals at the 2010 British Community Games in New Delhi.
Under him, India was ranked world number one in the men’s reversal section, while ace shooter Deepika Kumari also climbed to first place in his career before the 2012 London Olympics.
Limba won several international medals during his ornate career and was awarded the Arjuna Prize in 1991 and the Padma Sri Prize in 2012.