Adding Feather To Their Caps : Sindhu, Dipa, Sakshi, Jitu To Receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award


The nation’s highest sporting award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards have been announced and this year is the first time it has been conferred on four athletes. A day after the Olympics concluded at Rio, the Govt. granted the awards to the country’s first woman Silver medalist PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik who won bronze in women’s wrestling, Dipa Karmakar, who missed the medal by a whisker and shooter Jitu Rai.

Dipa Karmakar’s coach, Bishweshwar Nandi, has been selected for the Dronacharya Award, alongwith Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (cricket), S. Pradeep Kumar (swimming) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling).

Apart from a medal and a citation, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh. The Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each, said a press release from the Sports Ministry.

The awards will be distributed by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29.

Here is the list of all the awards and awardees

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2016

PV Sindhu – Badminton

Dipa Karmakar – Gymnastics

Jitu Rai – Shooting

Sakshi Malik -Wrestling

Dronacharya Awards 2016

Nagapuri Ramesh – Athletics

Sagar Mal Dhayal – Boxing

Raj Kumar Sharma -Cricket

Bishweshwar Nandi – Gymnastics

S. Pradeep Kumar – Swimming (Lifetime)

Mahabir Singh – Wrestling (Lifetime)

Arjuna Awards 2016

Shri Rajat Chauhan – Archery

Lalita Babar – Athletics

Shri Sourav Kothari -Billiards & Snooker

Shiva Thapa – Boxing

Ajinkya Rahane – Cricket

Subrata Paul –  Football

Rani – Hockey

Raghunath V.R. – Hockey

Gurpreet Singh – Shooting

Apurvi Chandela – Shooting

Soumyajit Ghosh – Table Tennis

Vinesh Phogat – Wrestling

Amit Kumar – Wrestling

Sandeep Singh Mann – Para-Athletics

Virender Singh – Wrestling (Deaf)

Dhyan Chand Award 2015

Ms. Satti Geetha – Athletics

Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung – Hockey

Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke – Rowing