Sports Awards in India
National Sports Day is celebrated every year in India on August 29 on Dhyanchand’s birthday. National Sports Awards are also distributed on this day. This time the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna para athlete Deepa Malik, the country’s largest sports award, was given. Deepa is the first female para athlete to receive this award. Apart from Deepa, the name of wrestler Bajrang Poonia was also selected for Khel Ratna but Bajrang could not attend the award ceremony due to being out of the country. Let’s know how many sports awards are there
19 players got Arjuna Award
President Ramnath Kovind honored many sportsperson and coaches on the occasion of National Sports Awards 2019. This time two people have been honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and 19 people with Arjuna Award. At the same time 3 coaches were awarded for the regular category of Dronacharya Award. Four people were honored with the Dronacharya Award (Life Time Category). Five people were honored with Dhyanchand Award.
How many sports awards are held in India
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
According to the Sports Ministry website, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India’s highest sports award. The award is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It is given to the best player of India every year, although the award player is selected on the basis of several criteria. The player who wins this award can be from any field.
Arjuna Award is the second highest award after Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. It is also given on the basis of the past four years’ performance of the players. The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961. So far 719 players have been awarded this award. In this, the player gets a small statue, certificate and a cash prize of five lakh rupees.
As the name suggests, this award is given not to the player but to his coach. Sports coaches who prepare medal winners are honored with this award. The award was instituted in 1985. A total of 107 Gurus have received this award so far. In this, the coach gets a small statue, certificate and a cash prize of five lakh rupees.
Dhyan Chand Award
Those who have supported whole life for the development of the game are honored with this award. The award was instituted in 2002. A total of 56 people have received this honor so far. It also has a small statue, certificate and a cash prize of five lakh rupees.
Sports Awards India 2020
Sports Awards of India 2020 will be held on 29 August 2020