Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar is hopeful that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award would help him get the recognition he has always craved for.

“Soon after I won the medal in London, I got a call from a journalist saying he had heard that I had won a medal. He then asked me my event. I hope that will change now,” said the shooter during the felicitation function organised by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and FICCI here on Saturday.

Vijay Kumar received a cheque for Rs. 20 lakh and bronze medallist Gagan Narang, Rs. 15 lakh from the Sports Minister Ajay Maken before a distinguished gathering that included several members of the 11-member Olympic shooting squad.

Narang said he wished to donate Rs. six lakh for the benefit of his support staff and another Rs 10 lakh towards a scholarship for the trainees of his Pune-based academy, Gun for Glory. — Special Correspondent

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