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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
29-July-2009 16:17 IST
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and other Sports Awards Announced

The Government has announced the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards,  Arjuna Awards,  Dhyan Chand Awards, Dronacharya Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar  for the year 2009, here today.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by two select  panels of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators; one headed by Kum. Indu Puri (for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar) and the other by Shri G.S. Randhawa (for Dronacharya 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 - 2009 :

1.

Smt. Mangte Chungneijang Marykom

Boxing (Women)

2.

Shri Vijender

Boxing

3.

Shri Sushil Kumar

Wrestling

 

B.         Arjuna Awards – 2009:

1.

Shri Mangal Singh Champia

Archery

2.

Kum. Sinimole Paulose

Athletics

3.

Kum. Saina Nehwal

Badminton

4.

Smt. Laishram Sarita Devi

Boxing

5.

Kum. Tania Sachdev

Chess

6.

Shri Gautam Gambhir

Cricket

7.

Shri Ignace Tirkey

Hockey (Men)

8.

Kum. Surinder Kaur

Hockey (Women)

9.

Shri Pankaj Navanath Shirsat

Kabaddi

10.

Shri Satish Joshi

Rowing

11.

Shri Ronjan Sodhi

Shooting

12.

Kum. Poulomi Ghatak

Table Tennis

13.

Shri Yogeshwar Dutt

Wrestling

14.

Shri Girdhari Lal Yadav

Yachting

15.

Kum. Parul D. Parmar

Badminton (Disabled)

 

C.         Dhyan Chand Awards – 2009 :

1.

Shri Ishar Singh Deol

Athletics

2.

Shri Satbir Singh Dahya

Wrestling

 

D.         Dronacharya Awards – 2009 :

1.

Shri Pullela Gopichand

Badminton

2.

Shri Jaydev Bisht

Boxing

3.

Shri S. Baldev Singh

Hockey

4.

Shri Satpal

Wrestling

 

E.         Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2009 :

S. No.

 Category

Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2009

1.

Community Sports Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent

TATA Steel Ltd.

2.

Financial Support for Sports Excellence

None qualified

3.

Establishment and Management of Sports Academies of Excellence

TATA Steel Ltd.

4.

Employment of Sportspersons and sports welfare measures

Railways Sports Promotion Board

 Normally, the 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.  However, taking into consideration the spectacular performance of Shri Vijender in Boxing and Shri Sushil Kumar in Wrestling, both Bronze Medalists in Beijing Olympics, 2008, the Government has accepted the recommendation of the Selection Committee to confer the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on both of them, as a special case, in addition to Smt. M.C. Marykom.

With a view to recognizing the contribution made to sports development by entities other than sportspersons and coaches, Government has instituted this year , a new award  entitled Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, which has four categories, namely, community sports development, promotion of sports academies of excellence, support to elite sportspersons and employment to sportspersons.

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; Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development; and Dronacharya Award for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events in the past three years.

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh each.  Arjuna, Dhyan Chand and Dronacharya Awardees will receive statuettes, citations and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.  The recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will receive trophy and citation.

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, 2009 at 1730 hours.  From this year, the award shall be known by the year in which it is awarded.

 

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