Gaurav Gill snubbed of Arjuna Award for third time
India’s Sports Ministry has decided not to honour Gaurav Gill with the Arjuna Award, despite recent success at both national and international level.
Gill was nominated for the sporting honour by FMSCI on the back of his third title in Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and fifth in the Indian National Rallying Championship. He has since joined the World Rally Championship-2 with MRF.
However, all of these achievements were overlooked by the Selection Committee, which presented a list of 20 sportspersons to the Ministry earlier this week.
Athletes from some lesser-known sports were also awarded, making Ministry’s Gill snub - the third in recent years - rather perplexing.
Some other countries have been more keen than India on awarding racing and rallying drivers; the UK, for instance, has knighted Formula 1 legends Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham with OBE and 1995 WRC champion Colin McRae with MBE status.