New Delhi: Twenty Seven athletes across various sporting disciplines will be given the National sports awards on Thursday. While the number of awardees has gone-up this year, there are some who've been in the queue for long, and have missed out again. The question then is, are the parameters for these prestigious awards good enough? And how do you deal with the problem of backlogs?
Not just one of the finest Indian batsmen, but Rahul Dravid is one of the best players to have ever played the game of cricket. But 'The Wall' who protected India on the cricket pitch for 15 long years, has still not been awarded the country's highest sporting honour - the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Dravid finished as the highest run scorer in Tests for the year 2011, add to that his retirement from the sport early this year and many believe this was the perfect time to give the wall the honour he so richly deserves.