Olympic heroes, shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt were jointly recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna [ Images ] award, the country's highest sporting honour.
The names of pistol shooter Vijay Kumar, who won a silver in the 25m rapid fire event at the London [ Images ] Olympics [ Images ] and Yogeshwar, who bagged a bronze in 60kg free style event, were selected by the Arjuna Awards and Khel Ratna Committee, headed by Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore [ Images ].
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh [ Images ], who is preparing to stage a comeback after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, is among the 25 sportsperson, who have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.
The final list of award winners is expected to be announced in a couple of days by the Sports Ministry.
Generally, the names submitted by the Committees are accepted by the Ministry.
Hockey mid-fielder Sardar Singh, wrestler Geeta Phogat, and Narsingh Yadav, shooters Annu Raj Singh and Omkar Singh, shuttlers P Kashyap and Ashwini Ponappa, archers Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi are among Arjuna Award winners, according to a reliable source.