I deserved Arjuna Award nomination, says Asiad gold medallist Arpinder Singh

first_imgFor Amritsar lad Arpinder Singh, 2018 has been a year to remember where he has jumped his way to glory. Following his 16.77m jump that fetched gold at Asian Games, the triple jumper also went on to become the first Indian to win a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup, this month with a bronze.However, these efforts were not enough to fetch him an Arjuna Awards recommendation and Arpinder feels he deserved it.”I had applied. I don’t know how they have decided but I had won a gold. I have been medal winner at Continental Cup and Commonwealth games (2014). I think I deserve it because all has gone well on the performance front. If not this year, I hope to get it next year,” he tells India Today.India won 19 medals in athletics, including seven gold medals at Jakarta this year; their best away show in athletics at the Games. Three of the seven gold winners – javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Hima Das and middle distance runner Jinson Jhonson were recommended for Arjuna Awards.Das won a gold in women’s 4x400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and the 4x400m individual event. Jhonson won gold in 1500m and a silver in 800m at the Asian games.Dusting off disappointment of missing out on national awards, Arpinder is confident India’s athletics show at Jakarta was no flash in the pan and augurs well for Tokyo Olympics in two years time.”If you look at it, in Asian games quite a few of our athletic performances matched world standards. So I am hopeful we can get three to four medals from athletics at Tokyo,” he says.advertisementHaving registered a personal career best of 17.17m, Arpinder wants to break greater barriers. “Personally I will soon get opportunities in Asian Championships and World Championships. I am going to try to get medals in both, he speaks with confidence.”last_img read more