National Sports Awards 2016 - At A Glance

Dear Readers,
National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

  • 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 years; 
  • Arjuna Award is given for consistently 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 Olympians, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sports Journalists/Experts/Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice S.K. Agarwal, Retired Delhi High Court Judge. Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Ms. M.C. Mary Kom. Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Shri Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports). 

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

(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016

S. No.
Name of the awardee
Discipline
1.
Ms. P.V. Sindhu Badminton
2.
Ms. Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
3.
Shri Jitu Rai Shooting
4.
Ms. Sakshi Malik Wrestling

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2016

S.No.
Name of the awardee
Discipline
1
Shri Nagapuri Ramesh Athletics
2
Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal Boxing
3.
Shri Raj Kumar Sharma Cricket
4.
Shri Bishweshwar Nandi Gymnastics
5.
Shri S. Pradeep Kumar Swimming (Lifetime)
6.
Shri Mahabir Singh Wrestling (Lifetime)

(iii) Arjuna Awards 2016

S. No.
Name of the awardee
Discipline
1.
Shri Rajat Chauhan Archery
2.
Ms. Lalita Babar Athletics
3.
Shri Sourav Kothari Billiards & Snooker
4.
Shri Shiva Thapa Boxing
5.
Shri Ajinkya Rahane Cricket
6.
Shri Subrata Paul Football
7.
Ms. Rani Hockey
8.
Shri Raghunath V.R. Hockey
9.
Shri Gurpreet Singh Shooting
10.
Ms. Apurvi Chandela Shooting
11.
Shri Soumyajit Ghosh Table Tennis
12.
Ms. Vinesh Wrestling
13.
Shri Amit Kumar Wrestling
14.
Shri Sandeep Singh Mann Para-Athletics
15.
Shri Virender Singh Wrestling (Deaf)

(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2015

S. No.
Name of the awardee
Discipline
1
Ms. Satti Geetha Athletics
2
Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung Hockey
3
Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke Rowing

(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016

S. No.
Category
Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel ProtsahanPuruskar, 2016
1.
Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent 1.Hockey Citizen Group
2.Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club
3.Usha School of Athletics
4. STAIRS
2.
Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited
3.
Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures Reserve Bank of India
4.
Sports for Development Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society

(vi) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16

Punjabi University, Patiala

The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016.

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. 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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