The nomination for Gill was made by the Sports Ministry to the Government of India, which will publish the list of winners on the National Sports Day on August 29.
Should Gill be chosen as one of the winners, a mere formality following the ministry’s nomination, he will become the first sportsperson from the field of motorsport to receive the award. Previously, Narain Karthikeyan was bestowed with Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.
Arjuna Award takes into consideration the performance of a sportsperson for not only the previous year, but all three years preceding the year in which the award is granted.
Gill’s name had been previously put forward by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India thrice, but he was subdued each time.
His first nomination comes on the back of his World Rally Championship-2 debut last year, where he made several appearances for Team MRF.
He is expected to return to the championship for three more outings this year in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta entered by his new backer JK Tyre.