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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
24-August-2012 13:04 IST
Dronacharya Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Announced
PRESS RELEASE

 

            The Government has announced the Dronacharya Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for the year 2012, here today.

 

            A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by Selection Committees. While the Selection Committee for Dronacharya Award was headed by Shri Aslam Sher Khan, former Olympian, Selection Committees of Dhyan Chand Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar were headed by Shri P.K. Deb, Secretary (Sports).    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:        Dronacharya Awards for 2012:

 

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Virender Poonia

Athletics

2.

Ms. Sunil Dabas

Kabaddi (Women)

3.

Shri Yashvir Singh

Wrestling

4.

Shri Harendra Singh

Hockey

5.

Dr. Satyapal Singh

Para Sports (Athletics)

6.

Shri J.S. Bhatia

Athletics  *

7.

Shri Bhawani Mukherjee

Table Tennis *

8.

Shri B.I. Fernandez, Cuban Boxing Coach

Boxing

          *- for Life Time Achievement 

 

            Ordinarily not more than 5 Dronacharya awards could be given in any calendar year. However, taking into consideration that this is the year of Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and there has been immense contribution of coaches in the improved performance of  the sportspersons, the Government has decided to increase the number of Dronacharya Awards from 5 to 8 for the current year.

 

            Taking into account the outstanding contributions of Shri B.I. Fernandez, Cuban Boxing Coach in the performance of the Indian Boxers in the international sports events including mega events such as Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Dronacharya Award will also be conferred upon Shri B.I. Fernandez. He is the first foreign coach to receive Dronacharya Award.

 

B:        Dhyan Chand Awards:

 

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Jagraj Singh Mann

Athletics

2.

Shri Gundeep Kumar

Hockey

3.

Shri Vinod Kumar

Wrestling

4.

Shri Sukhbir Singh Tokas

Para-Sports

 

            Not more than three Dhyan Chand Awards are given in a particular year. However considering that 2012 is the year of Paralympic Games, the Ministry has deiced to increase the number of Dhyan Chand Awards from 3 to 4 for the current year

 

C:        Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2012:

 

Sl. No.

Category

Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2012

1.

Community Sports Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent

Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL)

 

2.

Financial Support for Sports Excellence

Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB)

3.

Establishment and Management of Sports Academies of Excellence

Services Sports Control Board (SSCB)

4.

Employment of Sportspersons and Sports Welfare Measures.

Air India Sports Promotion Board

 

             National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Dronacharya Award is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events. Dhyan Chand Award is given for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, introduced from 2009 with a view to recognizing the contribution made to sports development by entities other than sportspersons and coaches, is given in four categories, namely, community sports development, promotion of sports academies of excellence, support to elite sportspersons and employment to sportspersons.

 

Apart from a statuette and a citation, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each. Entities selected for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophy and Citation.   

 

            The awardees will receive their awards from His Excellency the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2012.

 

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