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National Sports Awards 2017 announced

National Sports Awards 2017 announced

The Union Sports Ministry announced the National Sports Award for the year 2017. The conferment of National Sports Award on 29 sportsperson was made on the recommendations of the Selection Committees set up for the same.

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.

Winners

Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017: Instituted in the year 1991-92, it is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year. The first recipient was Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand. The winners will receive a statuettes, certificate and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh. The winners are:

  • Devendra Singh Jhajharia: Para Athlete
  • Sardar Singh: Hockey

Dronacharya Awards 2017: Institute in the year 1985, it is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. The winners will receive a statuettes, certificate and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The winners are:

  • 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 Chakraverthy: Shooting (Lifetime)
  • Roshan Lal: Wrestling (Lifetime)

Arjuna Award 2017: Instituted in the year 1961, it is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years. The winners will receive a statuettes, certificate and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The winners are:

  • V.J. Surekha: Archery
  • Khushbir Kaur: Athletics
  • Arokia Rajiv: Athletics
  • Prasanthi Singh: Basketball
  • Sub. Laishram Debendro Singh: Boxing
  • Cheteshwar Pujara: Cricket
  • Harmanpreet Kaur: Cricket
  • Oinam Bembem Devi: Football
  • S.S.P. Chawrasia: Golf
  • S.V. Sunil: Hockey
  • Jasvir Singh: Kabaddi
  • P. N. Prakash: Shooting
  • Amalraj: Table Tennis
  • SakethMyneni: Tennis
  • SatyawartKadian: Wrestling
  • Mariyappan: Para-Athlete
  • Varun Singh Bhati: Para-Athlete

Dhyanchand Award 2017: Instituted in the year 2002, it is given for life time contribution to sports development. The winners will receive a statuettes, certificate and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The winners are:

  • Bhupender Singh: Athletics
  • Syed Shahid Hakim: Football
  • Sumarai Tete: Hockey

The award distributing ceremony will held on August 29, 2017, where the achievers will be awarded for their outstanding performances by the president of India Ram Nath Kovind.

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