Khel Ratna 2023: Shuttlers Satwik-Chirag became ‘Khel Ratna’, gave the country its first gold in Asian Games

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Khel Ratna Award 2023 :Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who have emerged as the new poster boys of Indian badminton, were honored with the country’s biggest sports award Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by Her Excellency Draupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. Last year, both these shuttlers had performed amazingly. Along with winning gold in doubles in the men’s event of the Asian Games, this Indian pair also became number-1 in the world ranking.

On the basis of this performance, Satwik-Chirag received the country’s biggest sports award. However, this is not the first time that a badminton player has received the Khel Ratna. Earlier, Pullela Gopichand (2000-01), Saina Nehwal (2010) and PV Sindhu (2016) have received this award.

Satwik-Chirag won gold in Asian Games
At the same time, in para badminton, Pramod Bhagat and Krishna Nagar also received the Khel Ratna in 2021. The pair of Satwik and Chirag had won the country’s gold medal in the men’s doubles event of badminton in the Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China. This pair ended China’s dominance in this game. For the first time, this pair won the gold medal for the country in the badminton event of the Asian Games.

Both of them received Arjuna Award 3 years ago
Earlier, Satwik and Chirag had also received the Arjuna Award in 2020. Both of them also performed strongly in the Commonwealth Games held in 2022 and won India’s first gold medal in badminton men’s doubles. After creating a new story of success in these sports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met both of them.

Since 2022, the Indian pair of Satwik-Chirag have won 5 BWF World Tour titles. It started with the Indian Open title win in January 2022. At the end of 2022, the pair also won the French Open title.

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