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KOLKATA: The Bridge Federation of India (BFI) has nominated 2018 Asian Video games gold medal winners Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar for this 12 months’s Arjuna award.
“We have now forwarded these two names to the sports activities ministry for the Arjuna award,” BFI basic secretary Anand (KS) Samant mentioned on Wednesday.
“We have now made a web based utility as bodily it isn’t doable to make an utility now because of the present scenario,” he added.
Bridge was performed as a medal occasion for the primary time on the 2018 Asian Video games held in Indonesia, and Samant mentioned it helped them to appoint the duo’s title for the distinguished award as any self-discipline needs to be a part of both Asian Video games or Commonwealth Video games to be listed as a precedence sport.
“That is why bridge was not eligible previously,” he mentioned. Bardhan and Sarkar gained India’s solely gold medal, within the males’s doubles class. They’re additionally the primary bridge gamers to be advisable for the award.
As a result of present scenario owing to COVID-19 pandemic, all official competitions underneath the banner of BFI or state associations scheduled for 2020 have been postponed or referred to as off.
Bridge has not been performed on the Olympic or Commonwealth Video games but. The World Bridge Federation is recognised by the Worldwide Olympic Committee.