NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS -2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS -2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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:

Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu Weightlifting
Shri Virat Kohli Cricket

 

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2018

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

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

Shri Manoj Sarkar

 

Para-Athletics

Para-Badminton

 

 

(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2018

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

Category

 

Name of the entity

 

1.Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent

 

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited

 

Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility

 

JSW Sports

 

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.