Long-serving archery coach Purnima Mahato and women’s hockey coach Narendra Singh Saini were among five who were on Thursday recommended for the prestigious Dronacharya award this year.
Wrestling coach Raj Singh and athletics coach KP Thomas have been recommended for the Dronacharya lifetime achievement award.
The other Dronacharya awa-rdee this year is little-known boxing coach Mahavir Singh, who has been with the women’s national team for quite a few years.
The list will now be forwarded to the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh for final approval.
The official announcement is expected to be made in mid-August.
Mahato started coaching in 1994 and among her wards is former world number one and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Deepika Kumari.
Saini, who is employed with the Sports Authority of India, has been in coaching for 17 years and four girls trained by him are in the senior national team while 10 are in the junior national squad.