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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
18-August-2011 17:30 IST
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and other Sports Awards Announced

            The Government has announced the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and  Dronacharya Awards for the year 2011, here today.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by three select  panels of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators; one headed by Shri Dinesh Khanna, (for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award), one headed by Shri Satpal (for Dronacharya Award) and one headed by Secretary (Sports) (for Dhyan Chand Award).  Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has approved to confer awards upon the following sportspersons / coaches / organizations:

            A.        Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - 2011:

 

1.

Shri Gagan Narang

Shooting

 

            B.         Arjuna Awards 2011:

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Rahul Banerjee

Archery

2.

Ms. Preeja Sreedharan

Athletics

3.

Shri Vikas Gowda

Athletics

4.

Ms. Jwala Gutta

Badminton

5.

Shri M. Suranjoy Singh

Boxing

6.

Shri Zaheer Khan

Cricket

7.

Shri Sunil Chhetri

Football

8.

Shri Ashish Kumar

Gymnastics

9

Shri Rajpal Singh

Hockey (Men)

10.

Shri Rakesh Kumar

Kabaddi (Men)

11.

Ms. Tejeswini Bai V.

Kabaddi (Women)

12.

Ms. Tejaswini Ravindra Sawant

Shooting

13.

Shri Veerdhawal Vikram Khade

Swimming

14.

Shri Somdev Kishore Devvarman

Tennis

15.

Shri Sanjay Kumar

Volleyball

16.

Shri Ravinder Singh

Wrestling

17.

Naib Subedar Katulu Ravikumar

Weightlifting

18.

Ms. Wangkhem Sandhyarani Devi

Wushu

19.

Shri Prasantha Karamakar

Swimming - Paralympics

 

            Normally not more than 15 Arjuna awards are to be given in any calendar year.  However, the Scheme of Arjuna Awards also provides that keeping in view the performance of Indian sportspersons in the Commonwealth, Asian Games and Olympic Games during a particular year, Arjuna Awards exceeding 15 in number may be allowed with proper justification and approval of the Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports.  The Committee noted that Asian Games and Commonwealth Games were held in the year 2010, wherein the performance of Indian sportspersons was exceptional.  Keeping this factor in view, the Committee recommended that the number of Awards for 2011 may be exceeded beyond 15.  Therefore, the Committee  recommended 19 sportspersons for Arjuna awards. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has approved the recommendation of the Selection Committee for exceeding the number of Arjuna Awards from 15 to 19 this year.

C.        Dronacharya Awards for 2011:

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Inukurthi Venkateshwara Rao

Boxing

2.

Shri Devender Kumar Rathore

Gymnastics

3.

Shri Ramphal

Wrestling

4.

Dr. Kuntal Roy

Athletics *

5.

Shri Rajinder Singh

Hockey *

* Life Time Achievement

D.        Dhyan Chand Awards for 2011

S. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Shabbir Ali

Football

2.

Shri Sushil Kohli

Swimming

3.

Shri Rajkumar

Wrestling

 

            National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular performance in the year under consideration; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for three consecutive years preceding the year of award; Dronacharya Award for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events in the past three years and Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development.

            Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given to only one sportsperson in a year.  Arjuna Award is given to not more than 15, Dhyan Chand Award to not more than 3 and Dronacharya Award to not more than 5 persons

            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, citations and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each. 

            The awardees will receive their awards from Her Excellency the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2011

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