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Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports
(19-August, 2012 10:44 IST )

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards Announced

 

            The Government has announced the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards for the year 2012, here today.

 

            A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by Selection Committee consisting of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators; headed by Col Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore. Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has approved to confer awards upon the following sportspersons. 

           

A.        Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - 2012:

 

1.

Shri Vijay Kumar

Shooting

2.

Shri Yogeshwar Dutt

Wrestling

 

B.        Arjuna Awards 2012:

 

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Ms. Deepika Kumari

Archery

2.

Ms. Laishram Bombayla Devi

Archery

      3.

Ms. Sudha Singh

Athletics

4

Ms. Kavita Ramdas Raut

Athletics

5

Ms. Ashwani Ponnappa

Badminton

6

Mr. Parupalli Kashyap

Badminton

7

Mr. Aditya S. Mehta

Billiards & Snooker

8

Mr. Vikas Krishan

Boxing

9

Mr. Yuvraj Singh

Cricket

10

Mr. Sardar Singh

Hockey

11

Mr. Yashpal Solanki

Judo

12

Mr. Anup Kumar

Kabaddi

13

Mr. Samir Suhag

Polo

14

Ms. Annu Raj Singh

Shooting

15

Mr. Omkar Singh

Shooting

16

Mr. Joydeep Karmakar

Shooting

17

Ms. Deepika Pallikal

Squash

18

Mr. Sandeep Sejwal

Swimming

19

Ms. Ng. Sonia Chanu

Weightlifting

20

Mr. Narsingh Yadav

Wrestling

21

Mr. Rajinder Kumar

Wrestling

22

Ms. Geeta Phogat

Wrestling

23

Mr. M. Bimoljit Singh

Wushu

24

Mrs. Deepa Malik

Athletics – Paralympics

25

Mr. Ramkaran Singh

Athletics – Paralympics

 

Normally  only one award of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna  is given every year to an individual sportsperson. However, the Scheme provides that this condition can be relaxed in exceptional circumstances viz., winning of an Olympic medal. Like wise for the Arjuna Awards, normally not more than 15 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 Selection Committee noted that 2012 is the Olympic year and India has won 6 medals in the London Olympics, which is country’s best performance in Olympic Games, and recommended that the condition of one award in case of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and 15 awards in case of Arjuna Awards may be relaxed and the number of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award may be increased from 1 (one) to 2 (two) and Arjun Awards may be increased from 15 (fifteen) to 25 (twenty five). 

 

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.    

           

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh each and Arjuna Awardees will receive statuettes, citations and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each. 

           

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. 

 

RM/


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