Boniface Prabhu is as familiar with not winning awards in our country as he is with winning grandslams internationally. This Asia No 2 in the quadriplegic was informed by the Sports Ministry two years ago that he has been chosen for the prestigious Arjuna Award.
To receive the award, Boniface pulled out of the Swiss Open only to realise that his name was dropped mysteriously.
"Nobody had the courtesy to tell me why they invited me and didn't give me the award. I want to know who stopped it," says Boniface.
Boniface says he is another Milkha Singh or Mary Kom who the authorities had failed to recognise for many years.
"Don't the disabled too play all sports? Then why only one award, when you have one each from a sport in the able category?" he says.
With change of guard in the Sports Ministry, many like Boniface hope there are no spokes in the wheels of the deserving. But with or without the Arjuna Award in August, his arms and wheels will continue to be as swift at the US Open in September this year.
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