Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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India's captain Virat Kohli raises his bat to celebrate scoring fifty runs during their fourth one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

New Delhi: National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists/ Experts/ Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice (Ms.) Indermeet Kaur Kochhar (Former Judge of High Court of Delhi High Court). Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Justice Mr. Mukul Mudgal (Former Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab & Haryana High Court). Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Shri Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary (Sports). Selection Committee for MAKA Trophy was headed by Shri Ashok Kumar, former Olympian.

Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons, coaches and entities:

(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

1.

Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu

Weightlifting

2.

Shri Virat Kohli

Cricket

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2018

S. No.

Name of the Coach

Discipline

Subedar Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa

Boxing

Shri Vijay Sharma

Weightlifting

Shri A. Srinivasa Rao

Table Tennis

Shri Sukhdev Singh Pannu

Athletics

Shri Clarence Lobo

Hockey (Life Time)

Shri Tarak Sinha

Cricket (Life Time)

Shri Jiwan Kumar Sharma

Judo (Life Time)

Shri V.R. Beedu

Athletics (Life Time)

(iii) Arjuna Awards 2018

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

Shri Neeraj Chopra

Athletics

Naib Subedar Jinson Johnson

Athletics

Ms. Hima Das

Athletics

Ms. Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy

Badminton

Subedar Satish Kumar

Boxing

Ms. Smriti Mandhana

Cricket

Shri Shubhankar Sharma

Golf

Shri Manpreet Singh

Hockey

Ms. Savita

Hockey

Col. Ravi Rathore

Polo

Ms. Rahi Sarnobat

Shooting

Shri Ankur Mittal

Shooting

Ms. Shreyasi Singh

Shooting

Ms. Manika Batra

Table Tennis

Shri G. Sathiyan

Table Tennis

Shri Rohan Bopanna

Tennis

Shri Sumit

Wrestling

Ms. Pooja Kadian

Wushu

Shri Ankur Dhama

Para-Athletics

Shri Manoj Sarkar

Para-Badminton

(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2018

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

Shri Satyadev Prasad

Archery

Shri Bharat Kumar Chetri

Hockey

Ms. Bobby Aloysius

Athletics

Shri Chougale Dadu Dattatray

Wrestling

(vi) Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018

S. No.

Category

Name of the entity

1.

Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited

2.

Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility

JSW Sports

3.

Sports for Development

Isha Outreach

(vii) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18:

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh. Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each. A trophy and citation is given to the entity in the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2018. Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and certificate.

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