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Deepa Malik to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

A file photo of Deepa Malik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 17, 2019, 06.55 PM (IST)

India's para-athlete Deepa Malik will receive Rajiv Khel Ratna award, which is the country's highest sporting honour. 

Malik, who became the first Indian female athlete to win a Paralympics medal, was finalised by the selection committee along with wrestler Bajrang Punia

Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Arjuna award. 

Malik stared her sports career at the age of 36 and won a silver medal in shot put at the 2016 Paralympics Games. 

She has won 58 national and 23 international medals and has entered the Limca Book of World Records four times. 

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Cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav among 19 sportspersons have been nominated for the Arjuna award.