Sunil, Pooja among KOA awardees
Apart from the duo, 14 other athletes from various disciplines, five veteran sportspersons, one sports journalist and one photographer will be feted at a function at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday evening, KOA president K Govindraj said at a press conference here.
The current athletes will be presented with a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a citation and a memento while the veteran athletes will be given a citation and a memento.
KOA also announced that Sub-junior wrestler Prema Huchanavar from Gadag, who bagged a gold in the Asian Cadet Championships and a bronze in the World Cadet Championship, will receive a special award for her accomplishments.
The awardees list was finalised by an eight-member panel comprising Sports Authority of India (South Centre) Regional Director SS Roy, Bangalore University Physical Education Director Dr R Munireddy, KOA vice-president M Mohan Raj, Arjuna awardee SD Eshan, swimming coach Nihar Ameen, Karnataka Judo Association secretary Shivananda, Karnataka Volleyball Association secretary K Nandakumar and KOA secretary Anantharaju.
List of awardees: Harshith A (athletics), Poorvisha S Ram (badminton), Navaneetha PU (basketball), Shreedhar N Savanur (cycling), Kusuma Singh H (fencing), Syed Imran (football), SV Sunil (hockey), Yallappa Gorav (judo), Spurti Shivalingaiah (tennis), Purushotham K (shooting), Pooja R Alva (swimming), Rajesh BS (taekwondo), Supreeth (triathlon), Anup D’Costa (volleyball), Binitha Devi (weightlifting), Kusumarani (wrestling), PG Viju Poonacha (sports editor, Prajavani), S Eshwar (press photographer).
Veterans: KN Sunderaraj Shetty (athletics), A Sampathkumar (football), N Ulaganathan (football), Manuel Fredricks (hockey), N Prakash (kho-kho).
Special award: Prema Huchanavar (wrestling).