National Sports Dronacharya, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards 2017

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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.

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 C.K. Thakkar (Former Judge Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of High Court of Himachal and Bombay). Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Shri Pullela Gopichand.

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

(i)         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017

S. No.

Name of the Awardee

discipline

1.

Shri Devendra

Para Athlete

2.

Shri Sardar Singh

Hockey

(ii)        Dronacharya Awards 2017

S. No.

Name of the Awardee

Discipline

1.       

Late Dr. R. Gandhi

Athletics

2.       

Mr. Heera Nand Kataria

Kabaddi

3.       

Mr. G.S.S.V. Prasad

Badminton (Lifetime)

4.       

Mr. Brij Bhushan Mohanty

Boxing (Lifetime)

5.       

Mr. P.A. Raphel

Hockey (Lifetime)

6.       

Mr. Sanjoy Chakraverthy

Shooting (Lifetime)

7.       

Mr. Roshan Lal

Wrestling (Lifetime)

(iii)       Arjuna Awards 2017

S. No.

Name of the Awardees

Discipline

1.

Ms. V.J. Surekha

Archery

2.

Ms. Khushbir Kaur

Athletics

3.

Mr. Arokia Rajiv

Athletics

4.

Ms. Prasanthi Singh

Basketball

5.

Sub. LaishramDebendro Singh

Boxing

6.

Mr. CheteshwarPujara

Cricket

7.

Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur

Cricket

8.

Ms. OinamBembem Devi

Football

9.

Mr. S.S.P. Chawrasia

Golf

10.

Mr. S.V. Sunil

Hockey

11.

Mr. Jasvir Singh

Kabaddi

12.

Mr. P. N. Prakash

Shooting

13.

Mr. A. Amalraj

Table Tennis

14.

Mr. SakethMyneni

Tennis

15.

Mr. SatyawartKadian

Wrestling

16.

Mr. Mariyappan

Para-Athlete

17.

Mr. Varun Singh Bhati

Para-Athlete

 

 

(iv)       Dhyan Chand Award

 

S. No.

Name (S/Shri)

Discipline

1 .

Mr. Bhupender Singh

Athletics

2.

Mr. Syed Shahid Hakim

Football

3.

Ms. Sumarai Tete

Hockey

The awardees will received their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2017.

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 received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.



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