Doubles Badminton specialist Jwala Gutta questioned the criteria for selecting the recipients of the Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, after being left out among the various other sports persons in the list announced on Wednesday.
“I always wondered the concept of applying for particular award which is the most reputed awards in the country…but then that’s what the procedure is…so I did apply..applied because it’s prestigious to have the award…cos I thought maybe I maid the people of my country proud by my game and deserved it,” wrote a hurt Gutta on her Facebook page.
Cricket Captain Virat Kohli, hockey captain PR Sreejesh, 2016 Olympic medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik and para-athletes Deepa Malik and Mariyappan Thangavelu were on Wednesday named for the Padma Shri. Gymnast sensation Dipa Karmakar, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and blind cricketer Shekhar Naik also have been awarded India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.
” I thought may be I should apply but I guess it’s never enough you need recommendations, recommendations that you deserve an award. You need to put in a word and get letters and the list goes on and on but the question I still have is why do I have to apply for an award and also ask for the recommendation.
The left handed Gutta, who won the gold in Women’s doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, apart from bronze in 2011 World Championships in London and several other medals at various international events, including two bronzes in Uber Cup, said: ” I have been playing for this country for more than 15 years now… and have won so many prestigious tournaments.
“Aren’t my credentials good enough? Well I am really curious about the whole system..My two consecutive medals, Delhi CWG gold and Glasgow silver is not enough, My World Championships medal is not enough, I was top 10 ranked in this women doubles and mixed doubles and my superseries performance and medals in Grand Prix gold is not enough,” she added.
She is the country’s most successful doubles specialist, and found greater success with Ashwin Ponappa. The pair consistently figures among the top-twenty pairs in the world ranking, reaching as high as number 10 in 2015.