India: Sania Mirza’s Khel Ratna award stayed by Karnataka HC

NEW DELHI: The Karnataka high court stayed Sania Mirza’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Paralympic athlete H N Girisha filed a plea against the recommendation of the Indian tennis ace for the country’s highest sporting honour, Indian media reported.


The 2012 London Paralympics silver medallist Girisha was upset at the way Sania has been recommended by the Union sports ministry-appointed selection panel.

H N Girisha, who won bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games, said he was disappointed that the panel overlooked his performance.

Sania, currently ranked world number one in women’s doubles, scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam title when she and Martina Hingis clinched the Wimbledon trophy earlier this year.

Sania is only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be named for the top award.

Paes had been bestowed the honour way back in 1996 after his bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics.