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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
22-August-2013 20:59 IST
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards

 

The National Sports Awards-2013 will be conferred upon the following sportspersons/ coaches/organizations. The Government approved their names, as recommended by the Selection Committees.

 

A.            Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:

 

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Mr. Ronjon Sodhi

Shooting

 

B.            Arjuna Awards:

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Ms. Chekrovolu Swuro

Archery

2.

Mr. Ranjith Maheshwari

Athletics

3.

Ms. P.V. Sindhu

Badminton

4.

Ms. Kavita Chahal

Boxing

5.

Mr. Rupesh Shah

Billiards & Snooker

6.

Mr. Virat Kohli

Cricket

7.

Mr. Abhijeet Gupta

Chess

8.

Mr. Gagan Jeet Bhullar

Golf

9.

Ms. Saba Anjum

Hockey

10.

Ms. Rajkumari Rathore

Shooting

11.

Ms. Joshna Chinnappa

Squash

12.

Ms. Mouma Das

Table Tennis

13.

Ms. Neha Rathi

Wrestling

14.

Mr. Dharmender Dalal

Wrestling

15.

Mr. Amit Kumar Saroha

Athletics (Para)

 

C.            Dronacharya Awards for 2013:

 

Sl.No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Ms. Poornima Mahato

Archery

2.

Mr. Mahavir Singh

Boxing

3.

Mr. Narinder Singh Saini

Hockey

4.

Mr. K.P. Thomas

Athletics*

5.

Mr. Raj Singh

Wrestling*

* Lifetime contribution in coaching

 

D.            Dhyan Chand Awards :

 

Sl.No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Ms. Mary D’souza Sequeira

Athletics

2.

Mr. Syed  Ali

Hockey

3.

Mr. Anil Mann

Wrestling

4.

Mr. Girraj Singh

Para Sports (Athletics)

 

E.            Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

Sl. No.

Category

Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2013

1.

Community Sports Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent

 

Dr. U.K. Mishra, Founder and President, National Sports Academy, Allahabad

 

2.

Financial Support for Sports Excellence

Services Sports Control Board

3.

Establishment and Management of Sports Academies of Excellence

Pullela Gopichand Academy of Badminton, Hyderabad

4.

Employment of Sportspersons and sports welfare measures.

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board

 

The nominations received for various categories of awards were considered by the select panels of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators of impeccable integrity. The Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Shri Michael Ferreira and other members of the Committee from the sports fraternity were Shri Limba Ram, Shri V. Devarajan, Shri Zafar Iqbal, Ms. Vandana Rao, Ms. Anjali M. Bhagwat, Ms. Indu Puri, Shri Shakti Singh, Shri Ravi Shastri, Shri Kripa Shankar Patel and Shri Surinder Khanna..Similarly, the Committees for other awards too comprised of men and women of eminence in the field of sports. The different Committees made their recommendations after duly considering all the nominations.

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. This not being an Olympic year, the Government has decided not to increase the number of awards so that the stature of the awards is maintained. While doing so, the Government is conscious that there were other individuals of outstanding sporting achievements who have a claim on these awards.

The Government has looked into the various news reports and grievances of different sportspersons.  It has also consulted the Chairpersons of the Committees.  A separate enquiry has also been conducted by Secretary, Sports.  After due consideration, the Government has decided to accept the recommendations of the Committees.  The Government wishes them all the best and hopes that they too will be part of the pantheon of winners in the coming years.

Apart from a medal and a citation, the 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.  Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies.

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 31, 2013. 

 

 

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