Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest Indian national award for athletes. The award is named after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and is awarded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports ( Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports ). It consists of a medal, a certificate and a prize of 500,000 rupees. The award is presented by the Indian President.

The prize has been awarded since 1992 and honors the most outstanding achievement of an Indian or an Indian team in the field of sport (disciplines that are held at the Olympic Games , Asian Games or Commonwealth Games , as well as billiards , snooker and chess ) in April of the previous year by March of the award year. The winners are chosen by a selection committee set up by the ministry.

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna takes precedence over the Arjuna Award , which is given annually for the best performance in certain disciplines, and can only be awarded to an athlete once.

List of award winners

year athlete sport
1992 Viswanathan Anand chess
1993 Geet Sethi billiards
1994 not forgiven -
1995 Homi D. Motivala and PK Garg Sailing (crew)
1996 Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting
1997 Leander Paes and Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi Tennis and weightlifting
1998 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket
1999 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar athletics
2000 Dhanraj Pillay hockey
2001 Pullela Gopichand badminton
2002 Abhinav Bindra Sport shooting
2003 Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat and KM Beenamol Sports shooting and athletics
2004 Anju Bobby George athletics
2005 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Sport shooting
2006 Pankaj Advani Billiards and snooker
2007 Manavjit Singh Sandhu Sport shooting
2008 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket
2009 Mary Kom , Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar Boxing and wrestling
2010 Saina Nehwal badminton
2011 Gagan Narang Sport shooting
2012 Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt Sports shooting and wrestling
2013 Ronjan Sodhi Sport shooting
2014 not forgiven -
2015 Sania Mirza tennis
2016 PV Sindhu , Dipa Karmakar , Jitu Rai and Sakshi Malik Badminton , gymnastics , shooting and wrestling
2017 Devendra Jhajharia , Sardara Singh Para- athletics , hockey
2018 Saikhom Mirabai Chanu , Virat Kohli Weightlifting , cricket

See also

Web links

Commons : Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Saina Nehwal on Indiatimes.com