Justice Mukul Mudgal was named the chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel will be headed Mudgal, who is a retired judge of the Delhi High court and was previously appointed to probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, involving three players from the Rajasthan Royals squad.
Mukul Mudgal, who is a popular name among the cricketing circles, is regarded as the pioneer behind reviving Test cricket in India. The former judge devised new procedures on how to get crowds into the stadiums.
The retired judge is currently the deputy chairman of the FIFA Governance Committee and Review Committee. He assumed the vacant position after Miguel Maduro was reportedly ‘fired’ for his role in blocking Russia's World Cup head Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat on ruling council of the football governing body.
The selection committee led by Mukul Mudgal also features former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Samresh Jung and Indian badminton ace Ashwini Ponnappa among others. The panel will be made official after a meeting that will take place on September 16 in Delhi, a source told PTI.
The panel also comprises of two sports journalists, along with former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh. The list is completed by Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.
Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their lifetime achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement.
The National Sports Awards ceremony, which is usually held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, was forced to be re-scheduled on September 25 this year. The change in schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the 2018 Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta.
India garnered a record medal haul of 69 medals - consisting of 15 gold. 24 silver and thirty bronze, beating the previous best of 65 medals won at 2010 edition of the Asian Games held in Guangzhou.
(With PTI inputs)