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National Sports Awards – 2016



National Sports Awards – 2016 


National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  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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