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KOLKATA: The Bridge Federation of India (BFI) has nominated 2018 Asian Games gold medal winners Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar for this 12 months’s Arjuna award.
“We have forwarded these two names to the sports ministry for the Arjuna award,” BFI basic secretary Anand (KS) Samant mentioned on Wednesday.
“We have made an online application as physically it is not possible to make an application now due to the current situation,” he added.
Bridge was performed as a medal occasion for the primary time on the 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia, and Samant mentioned it helped them to appoint the duo’s title for the distinguished award as any self-discipline must be a part of both Asian Games or Commonwealth Games to be listed as a precedence sport.
“That’s why bridge was not eligible in the past,” he mentioned. Bardhan and Sarkar gained India’s solely gold medal, within the males’s doubles class. They are additionally the primary bridge gamers to be really helpful for the award.
Due to the present scenario owing to COVID-19 pandemic, all official competitions below the banner of BFI or state associations scheduled for 2020 have been postponed or known as off.
Bridge has not been performed on the Olympic or Commonwealth Games but. The World Bridge Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.