After Ronjan Sodhi was announced as the winner of the Khel Ratna award, there were a number of others who had challenged the decision. The Sports Ministry has now come back with a final answer as to who will be the winner of the Khel Ratna, and it is standing by its original choice of Ronjan Sodhi. The Rajiv Ghandi Khel Ratna award is considered to be the top sports award in India, affording the highest sporting honour to the winner.
Sodhi is the top Indian trap shooter. He is also a two time world champion double trap shooter, and he currently holds the rank of number one in the world in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rankings. His awards include a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games, and two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He defended a World Cup title in 2011, and became the first Indian to do this successfully. Along with this new award, Sodhi has also won the Arjuna Award.
The award was questioned by more than one source, including Krishna Poonia, a discus thrower. The discus thrower felt that she had been overlooked, and went as far as meeting with Jitendra Singh, the Sports Minister. Because of the objections raised, the Khel Ratna selection panel took another look at its decision before going ahead with its decision. While Poonia is no doubt a top athlete, the panel still felt that the award should go to Sodhi at this time. After the final decision was made, the selection panel announced again that Sodhi had won the Khel Ratna award.
Sodhi was born in the Punjab in 1979. He comes from the Punjabi royal family of Sodhi Nagar in Ferozepur, his birthplace. He will be officially given the Khel Ratna award on 31st August 2013. The award will be presented by the President of India.