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National Sports Awards – 2017

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National Sports Awards
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 year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency 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.
 
A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists/ Experts/ Commentators and sports administrators. Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by 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 Shri Pullela Gopichand.
 
Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/coaches/organisations :
 
(i)         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017
 
S. No.
Name of the Awardee
discipline
1.
Shri Devendra
Para Athlete
2.
Shri Sardar Singh
Hockey
 
(ii)        Dronacharya Awards 2017
 
S. No.
Name of the Awardee
Discipline
1.       
Late Dr. R. Gandhi
Athletics
2.       
Mr. Heera Nand Kataria
Kabaddi
3.       
Mr. G.S.S.V. Prasad
Badminton (Lifetime)
4.       
Mr. Brij Bhushan Mohanty
Boxing (Lifetime)
5.       
Mr. P.A. Raphel
Hockey (Lifetime)
6.       
Mr. Sanjoy Chakraverthy
Shooting (Lifetime)
7.       
Mr. Roshan Lal
Wrestling (Lifetime)
 
(iii)       Arjuna Awards 2017
 
S. No.
Name of the Awardees
Discipline
1.
Ms. V.J. Surekha
Archery
2.
Ms. Khushbir Kaur
Athletics
3.
Mr. Arokia Rajiv
Athletics
4.
Ms. Prasanthi Singh
Basketball
5.
Sub. LaishramDebendro Singh
Boxing
6.
Mr. CheteshwarPujara
Cricket
7.
Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur
Cricket
8.
Ms. OinamBembem Devi
Football
9.
Mr. S.S.P. Chawrasia
Golf
10.
Mr. S.V. Sunil
Hockey
11.
Mr. Jasvir Singh
Kabaddi
12.
Mr. P. N. Prakash
Shooting
13.
Mr. A. Amalraj
Table Tennis
14.
Mr. SakethMyneni
Tennis
15.
Mr. SatyawartKadian
Wrestling
16.
Mr. Mariyappan
Para-Athlete
17.
Mr. Varun Singh Bhati
Para-Athlete
 
 (iv)       Dhyan Chand Award
 
S. No.
Name (S/Shri)
Discipline
1 .
Mr. Bhupender Singh
Athletics
2.
Mr. Syed Shahid Hakim
Football
3.
Ms. Sumarai Tete
Hockey
 
The awardees will received their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2017.
 
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 received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.