Mary Kom recuses herself from Saturday’s sports award meeting

Champion boxer MC Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the Dronacharya Award selection panel in order to avoid conflict of interest as her personal coach Chhotelal Yadav was in contention.

Mary Kom was among the athletes who are in the selection panel, which includes former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Champion boxer MC Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the Dronacharya Award selection panel to avoid conflict of interest as her personal coach Chhotelal Yadav was in contention.

Mary Kom was among the athletes who are in the selection panel, which includes former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta.

Besides Chhotelal, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has recommended the names of World Championships bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award while Sandhya Gurung and Shiv Singh are the other coaches to have been nominated for the Dronacharya.