Boxer Manoj Kumar, who was earlier denied the Arjuna Award by the Kapil Dev-led committee, will finally receive the honour after the sports ministry gives the greenlight.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist had challenged the Kapil Dev-led award committee’s decision in Delhi High Court.

The, represented by, informed Justice Vibhu Bakhru that

Kumar was initially not considered for the award by the committee as they mistakenly believed that he was involved in a doping case, according to a report.

The controversial recommendation of boxer Jai Bhagwan for the prestigious Arjuna Awards had led to Kumar approaching the sports ministry officials, who, he said, had assured him that his name would be added to a list of 15 athletes in a review meeting, the report added.

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