The Sports Ministry on Tuesday announced the winners of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.
Paralympian Indian star Devendra Jhajharia, who clinched gold in men’s F46 javelin throw at the Rio Olympics and former Indian hockey skipper Sardar Singh will be honored with the prestigious Khel Ratna award.
The Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development will be awarded to Bhupinder Singh (Athletics), Syed Shahid Hakim (Football) and Sumarai Tete (Hockey).
The Dronacharya Award will be awarded to Late Dr. R. Gandhi (athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (Kabaddi), G.S.S.V. Prasad (Badminton) (lifetime), Brij Bhushan Mohanty (Boxing) (lifetime), P.A. Raphel (Hockey) (lifetime), Sanjoy Chakravarthy (Shooting) (lifetime) and Roshan Lal (Wrestling) (lifetime).
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian women’s cricket team all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, Paralympic medallists Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, and golfer SSP Chaurasia are among 17 players who will be rewarded with Arjuna award this year.
Arjuna Awards winners:
1 V.J. Surekha (Archery)
2 Khushbir Kaur (Athletics)
3 Arokia Rajiv (Athletics)
4 Prasanthi Singh (Basketball)
5 LaishramDebendro Singh (Boxing)
6 CheteshwarPujara (Cricket)
7 Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket)
8 Oinam Bembem Devi (Football)
9. S.S.P. Chaurasia (Golf)
10 S.V. Sunil (Hockey)
11 Jasvir Singh (Kabaddi)
12 P. N. Prakash (Shooting)
13 A. Amalraj (Table Tennis)
14 SakethMyneni (Tennis)
15 SatyawartKadian (Wrestling)
16 Mariyappan (Para-Athlete)
17 Varun Singh Bhati (Para-Athlete)
The Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards included Justice C.K. Thakkar (former Judge Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of High Court of Himachal and Bombay). Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Pullela Gopichand.
The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29.
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 a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.