Sports Ministry has ordered withdrawal of Heera Nand Kataria’s recommendation

Vastavam web: Three days after approving his name for Dronacharya award, the Sports Ministry has ordered withdrawal of Heera Nand Kataria’s recommendation for the honour as a controversy erupted over his candidature.It has been reported that Kataria, nominated by the selection panel for his contribution in kabaddi, is a joint secretary of the Wushu Association of India and the kabaddi players and coaches have expressed surprise over his selection.It has been learnt that the minister swung into action and eventually found that Kataria was not a deserving candidate.

“The minister spoke to a few people and asked for details. He wanted to go by the Committee but when reports cast a doubt over Kataria’s candidature, he asked officials to dig out facts. Eventually he found that he should not be given the award, thus he has ordered withdrawal of his name,” a Sports Ministry official, privy to the developments, told.This year’s awards announcement has already created a lot of controversy as weight-lifter Sanjita Chanu and basketball player P Anitha have already approached judiciary after being overlooked for Arjuna this year.

The ministry also chose to drop name of para coach Satyanarayna from the list of Dronacharya recommendations by its selection panel as he is facing a criminal defamation case in a lower Delhi court.Talking about Chanu, Goel said, “One or other misses out, always.””People will always complain when they miss the recognition. We will definitely consider her next year.”