Delhi-based wrestling expert Yashvir Singh is among the country's six coaches who have been selected for the prestigious Dronacharya award this year. HT had reported on August 21 that a panel headed by hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan had recommended eight names, including two under the lifetime achievements category.
Officially, the sports ministry announced on Friday that due to outstanding performances by the Indian contingent in the London Games, it has increased the number of awardees to eight from five, to honour the coaches who had devoted time and energy to polish the skills of the country's top athletes.
Cuban boxing expert BI Fernandez is among those who have been selected for the award. The name of Fernandez, who has been coaching India's top boxers for the past two decades, was proposed by the ministry.
Virender Poonia, the husband-cum-coach of 2010 Commonwealth Games discus champion Krishna Poonia, Sunil Dabas (kabbadi), Harinder Singh (hockey) and Satyapal (parathletics) are the others who will receive the awards at a function in Rashtrapathi Bhavan on August 29.
Jasvinder Singh Bhatia (athletics) and Bhawani Mukherjee (table tennis) were also selected for the 'Life Time Achievement' award.