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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards 2013 announced by the Government

 24-AUG-2013

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Mr. Ronjon SodhiThe Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 22 August 2013 announced the National Sports Awards-2013 for the following sportspersons/coaches/organizations after approving the same 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 7.5 lakh rupees.  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 31 August 2013.



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