Women's trio recommended for Arjuna award by Boxing Federation

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All the three boxers have been consistently performing well for India and are regulars in the national team.

Saweety's world silver medal came in the 2014 edition, the same edition Sarjubala got her silver. Sonia, on the other hand, was India's lone medalist at the 2016 edition of the big event with her silver.

Both Saweety and Sonia are silver-medallists at the Asian Championships as well. While Saweety won in the 2015 edition, Sonia had claimed it back in 2012.

Sarjubala is a former youth world champion and won a silver medal at the season-opening Nation's Cup in Serbia early this year.

"All three recommendations from BFI are women because they were the only ones who approached us with their nominations," a BFI official told PTI on why the federation's recommendations do not feature any male boxer.

It is learnt that Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg) is among the male boxers to have been recommended for the Arjuna award. But his recommendation has not gone through BFI.

Athletes can be recommended by individuals and entities other than the national federation as well.

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