Arjuna Awards and controversy go hand in hand but top Indian shooter Heena Sidhu feels some athletes are bestowed with the prestigious honour before their time. (Arjuna Award will boost my Asian Games gold ambition: Tintu Luka)
"I think every year there will be a controversy over awards and some or the other deserving athlete will miss out. Having said that, some of the decsions taken are pre-mature. I am sure there is a more efficient system to pick the athletes," Heena, who was conferred the Arjuna Award along with 13 other athletes at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here today, told PTI.
The shooter was ranked world number one in her pet 10m pistol event as recent as April. She was replying to a question on the controversy that preceded the function with eyebrows being raised over the selection of fellow awardees, boxer Jai Bhagwan and squash player Anaka Alankamony.