Ministry issued norms for Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards

Government approved criteria to be kept in view by the Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards.

Created On: Feb 4, 2014 09:30 ISTModified On: Feb 4, 2014 10:21 IST

The Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Jitendra Singh on 3 January 2014 approved criteria to be kept in view by the Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sports award, the Dronacharya Award and the Dhyan Chand Award. As per the approval, the government will now grant 90 percent weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years. This has been done to bring in more transparency and objectivity for conferring the National Sports Awards to avoid controversy on giving them.

Earlier, similar criteria with certain objectives were approved for conferring Arjuna Awards by Jitendra Singh.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in January 2014 with the aim of streamlining the procedure for grant of the National Sports Awards circulated the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed by various agencies, namely
• The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
• Sports Authority of India (SAI)
• National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)
• State Governments, National Sports Federations (NSFs)
• Sports Promotion and Control Boards

This was done for processing of the cases related to National Sports Awards that started from inviting nominations to constitution of Selection Committee.

The salient points of the newly introduced criteria are as follows

Serial Number


Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for most outstanding performance

Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports

Dhyan chand Award for life time achievement in Sports


Weightage for the medals won in Olympic Games (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Cup / World Championships held once in 4 years. 





Weightage  to the marks given by the Selection Committee for assessment of the eligible sportsperson / coach keeping in view factors like profile and standard of sports event in which medal has been won





No. of awards to be given normally in a year

1 award

5 ( out of 5,  2 to be given for lifetime contribution in coaching)


* Sportspersons who had won the medals and trained by the coach under consideration for the awards. Marking criteria will not apply for the 2 awards to be given for lifetime contribution in coaching. Selection committee will give its recommendations for such two coaches taking into consideration the contribution made by them over a period of 20 years or more in terms of  producing outstanding sports-persons.
** Includes marks for assessment for contribution made for promotion of sports after retirement for active Sports career and for qualities like sportsmanship, leadership, and sense of discipline.

As per the guidelines, the points for winning medals will be given to each eligible sportspersons for his/her performance during last 4 years exception in the case of life-time achievement award. The Selection Committee will be the decision body in equivalence of any other sports discipline/tournaments and in accordance the points will be allotted.
Certain games, which are no9t included in Olympic / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games disciplines, like cricket and indigenous games, the consideration will be taken by the Selection Committee depending upon the performances/contribution of the sportspersons/coaches.

In a particular sports discipline, names of not more than 2 Sportspersons ( 1 male and 1 female)  and names of not more than 2 coaches in case of Dronacharya award  with highest marks as per the criteria stated in the table above will be considered by the selection committee.

The Selection Committee also reserves the right for not recommending the name of any deserving sportsperson as per the given criteria for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna or Dhyan chand Award. In these particular cases, the committee will have to justify its stance in writing.

The recommendations of Selection Committee will be placed before the Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports for the final decision. Journalists/Experts/Commentators have now been included in the Selection Committees for the sports Awards.

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