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BCCI recommends Dravid for Dronacharya, Kohli for Khel Ratna

Apr 26, 2018 17:58 IST
BCCI recommends Dravid for Dronacharya, Kohli for Khel Ratna

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid’s name for the prestigious Dronacharya award and Virat Kohli’s for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour.

The board has also recommended veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar's name for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

The contribution of all the three nominees to cricket has been phenomenal. While Virat Kohli has led the Indian men’s cricket team from the front for quite some time now, Gavaskar's contribution to the sport has been tremendous and almost unmatchable and Dravid, besides being popularly known as ‘the Wall’, coached India’s U-19 team to World Cup victory in early 2018.

Key Highlights

• The BCCI had previously stopped sending nominations for Dronacharya awards due to multiple coaches’ at times claiming credit for a player’s success.

• However, the board decided to depart from the convention for Rahul Dravid due to his stature.

• Kohli’s name has been nominated for the honour for the second time. It was first sent in 2016 but since that was the Olympic year, the award was conferred to Rio champions- PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Deepa Karmakar.

• In case of Gavaskar, his contribution in Indian cricket as a player and then as a critique has been unquestionable.

• The convention for Dhyan Chand award is to confer those who have not got Arjuna award during their playing days. However, Gavaskar is an Arjuna awardee.

About Dronacharya award

• The Dronacharya Award is a sports coaching honor for the outstanding coaches in the country.

• Instituted in 1985, the award is given only to the disciplines included in the events like Olympics, Paralympics’ Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championship and World Cup along with Cricket, Indigenous Games, and Para sports.

• The award is named after Dronacharya, a character from Mahabharata. He was master of advanced military warfare and was appointed as the royal preceptor to the Kaurava and the Pandava princes for their training in military arts and astras.

• It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

• The awardees are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their "outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events" over a period of four years.

• The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a certificate, ceremonial dress and a cash prize worth Rs 5 lakh.

 

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour

• Instituted in 1991–92, the award is the highest sporting honour in the country.

• It is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989.

• It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

• The recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their "spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years" at international level.

• The award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize worth Rs 7.5 lakh.

• The first recipient of the award was Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.

Dhyan Chand award

• Instituted in 2002, the award is a lifetime sporting achievement honour.

• It is named after Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian field hockey player who scored more than 1000 goals during a career which spanned over 20 years from 1926 to 1948.

• It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

• The awardees are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their contributions to sport both during their active sporting career and after retirement.

• The award comprises a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize worth Rs 5 lakh.

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