The National Sports 2018 awardees will felicitated by President of India at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018. Seen in file picture is Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the Medal Winners of the Asian Games-2018, in New Delhi on September 05, 2018 as MoS Youth Affairs & Sports  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore looks on.
The National Sports 2018 awardees will felicitated by President of India at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018. Seen in file picture is Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the Medal Winners of the Asian Games-2018, in New Delhi on September 05, 2018 as MoS Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore looks on.

National Sports Awards 2018 announces; Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna;

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar  is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists/ Experts/ Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar (Former Judge of High Court of Delhi High Court). Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal (Former Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab & Haryana High Court).  Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary (Sports). Selection Committee for MAKA Trophy was headed by Ashok Kumar, former Olympian.

Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons, coaches and entities:

(i)         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018

S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1. S. Mirabai Chanu Weightlifting
2. Virat Kohli Cricket

(ii)        Dronacharya Awards 2018

S. No. Name of the Coach Discipline
Chenanda Achaiah  Kuttappa Boxing
Vijay Sharma Weightlifting
A. Srinivasa Rao Table Tennis
Sukhdev  Singh  Pannu Athletics
Clarence Lobo Hockey (Life Time)
Tarak Sinha Cricket (Life Time)
Jiwan Kumar Sharma Judo (Life Time)
V.R. Beedu Athletics (Life Time)

(iii)       Arjuna Awards 2018

S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Neeraj Chopra Athletics
Jinson Johnson Athletics
Hima Das Athletics
Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy Badminton
Satish Kumar Boxing
Smriti Mandhana Cricket
Shubhankar Sharma Golf
Manpreet Singh Hockey
Savita Hockey
Ravi Rathore Polo
Rahi Sarnobat Shooting
Ankur Mittal Shooting
Shreyasi Singh Shooting
Manika Batra Table Tennis
G. Sathiyan Table Tennis
Rohan Bopanna Tennis
Sumit Wrestling
Pooja Kadian Wushu
Ankur Dhama Para-Athletics
Manoj Sarkar Para-Badminton

(iv)      Dhyan Chand Award 2018

S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Satyadev Prasad Archery
Bharat Kumar Chetri Hockey
Bobby Aloysius Athletics
Chougale Dadu Dattatray Wrestling

(vi) Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018

S. No. Category Name of the entity
1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
2. Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility JSW Sports
3. Sports for Development Isha Outreach

(vii) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18:

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.

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, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each. A trophy and citation is given to the entity in the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, 2018. Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and certificate.

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