Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports05-August, 2010 13:22 IST
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and Other Sports Awards Announced

            The Government has announced the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards, Dronacharya Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for the year 2010, here today.

 

            A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by two select panels of eminent sportspersons and sports administrators; one headed by Ms P.T. Usha ( for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar)  and other by Shri Ashok Kumar (for Dronacharya Awards).  Based on the recommendations of the Committees and after due scrutiny, the Government has approved to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/coaches/organizations.

 

           

A.        Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - 2010:

 

1.

Ms. Saina Nehwal

Badminton

 

B.        Arjuna Awards 2010:

 

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Joseph Abraham

Athletics

2.

Mrs. Krishna Poonia

Athletics

3.

Shri  Dinesh Kumar

Boxing

4.

Shri Parimrajan Negi

Chess

5.

Ms. Julan Goswami

Cricket (Women)

6.

Shri Deepak Kumar Mandal

Football

7.

Shri Sandeep Singh

Hockey (Men)

8.

Ms. Jasjeet Kaur Handa

Hockey (Women)

9.

Shri Dinesh Kumar

Kabaddi

10.

Shri Sanjeev Rajput

Shooting

11.

Shri Rehan Jehangir Poncha

Swimming

12.

Shri Kapil Dev K.J.

Volleyball

13.

Shri Rajeev Tomar

Wrestling

14.

Shri Rajesh Chaudhary

Yachting

15.

Shri Jagseer Singh

Paralympic (Athletics)

 

C.        Dhyan Chand Award 2010:

           

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri Satish Pillai

Athletics

2.

Shri Kuldeep Singh

Wrestling

3.

Ms. Anita Chanu

Weightlifting

 

D.        Dronacharya Awards for 2010:

Sl. No.

Name

Discipline

1.

Shri A.K. Kutty *      

Athletics

2.

Shri Subhash B. Aggarwal

Billiards & Snooker

3.

Shri L. Ibomcha Singh

Boxing

4.

Shri Ajay Kumar Bansal

Hockey

5.

Captain Chandrup *

Wrestling

* - For Lifetime contribution in Coaching

 

E.        Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar 2010:

 

Sl. No.

Category

Entity recommended for Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar, 2010

1.

Services Sports Control Board

Community Sports Identification and nurturing of budding and young talent 

 

2.

Tata Steel Limited

Financial Support for Sports Excellence

 

3.

Khel Evam Yuva Vibhag,

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Establishment and Management of Sports Academies of Excellence

4.

Services Sports Control Board

 

Employment of sportsperson and sports welfare measures

 

            National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular performance in the year under consideration; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for three consecutive years preceding the year of award; Dhyan Chand Award for lift time contribution to sports development; and Dronacharya Award for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events in past three years.

 

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given to only one sportsperson in a year.  Arjuna Award is given to not more than 15, Dhyan Chand Award to not more than 3 and Dronacharya Award to not more than 5 persons.

 

 

 

            With a view to recognizing the contribution made to sports development by entities other than sportspersons and coaches, Government has instituted last year, a new award entitled Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, which has four categories, namely, community sports development, promotion of sports academies of excellence, support to elite sportspersons and employment to sportspersons.

 

           

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh.  Arjuna, Dhyan Chand and Dronacharya Awardees will receive statuettes, citations and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.  The recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will receive trophy and citation.

           

 

The awardees will receive their awards from Her Excellency the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2010. 

           

 

 RM/JL


(Release ID :64175)