New Delhi: Olympic medallists Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt were on Saturday jointly recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is preparing to stage a comeback after recovering from cancer, has been nominated for the Arjuna award.
Bengal rifle shooter Joydeep Karmakar, who finished fourth in the 50-metre prone event in London, has also been nominated for the Arjuna award along with two other shooters, Annuraj Singh and Onkar Singh.
Though a total of 25 sportspersons were awarded the Arjuna, no footballer was considered for the award in the platinum jubilee year of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Two members of the selection committee — Ravi Shastri and Bhaichung Bhutia — did not attend the meeting.
The names of Vijay Kumar and Dutt were suggested by the Arjuna Award and Khel Ratna committee, which is headed by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
While Vijay Kumar won a silver medal in 25-metre pistol event, Dutt bagged the bronze in 60kg freestyle wrestling.
All the other Indian medallists from the London Games — Sushil Kumar, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom – have already received the Khel Ratna award.
The final list of award winners is expected to be announced in a couple of days by the sports ministry.
List of awardees
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Vijay Kumar (shooting), Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling)
Archery: Deepika Kumari and Bombyala Devi; Athletics: Kavita Raut and Sudha Singh; Badminton: P. Kashyap and Ashwini Ponnappa; Boxing: Vikas Krishan; Cricket: Yuvraj Singh; Hockey: Sardara Singh; Judo: Yashpal Solanki; Kabaddi: Anup Kumar; Para-Olympics: Deepa Malik and Ram Karan Singh; Polo: Samir Suhag; Shooting: Joydeep Karmakar, Onkar Singh and Annuraj Singh; Snooker: Aditya Mehta; Squash: Deepika Pallikal; Swimming: Sandeep Sejwal; Weightlifting: Sonia Chanu; Wrestling: Narsingh, Geeta Phogat and Rajendra Kumar; Wushu: Vimaljit Singh