The Arjuna awardees were Chitra K Soman (athletics), Anup Sridhar (badminton), Verghese Johnson (boxing), D. Harika (chess), Arjun Atwal (golf), Prabhjot Singh (hockey), Tombi Devi (judo), Bajranj Lal Takhar (rowing), Avneet Kaur Sidhu (shooting), Alka Tomar (wrestling) and Farman Basha (powerlifting - disabled category).
For shooter Avneet Kaur Sidhu and judoka Tombi Devi, the award will goad them to perform even better.
`We need such encouragement. It inspires us to take our performance to a new level,` said Tombi.
Avneet said it was a dream come true for her.
`I am feeling at the top of the world. My performance in Beijing was below my best but after Abhinav Bindra`s gold medal win, we think even we can do it. He has raised the bar for the shooters,` Avneet said.
Image: Avneet receives the Arjuna Award.