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  1. National Sports Awards: Centre unveils list, cricket sensation Harmanpreet Kaur to receive Arjuna Award

National Sports Awards: Centre unveils list, cricket sensation Harmanpreet Kaur to receive Arjuna Award

The government released the National Sports Awards list, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award and Dhyan Chand Award, to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Take a look at the names of 29 players who have been selected to receive the honors.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 22, 2017 3:52 PM
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For her superlative performances, Indian women’s cricket team star Harmanpreet Kaur will be honoured with the Arjuna Award, this year. The key player has won hearts with her outstanding performance in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in England and earlier. This fact was revealed after the government released the National Sports Awards list, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award and Dhyan Chand Award, to recognize and reward excellence in sports. A total of 29 players have been selected to receive the honors from President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2017.

Every year, the President gives away awards to sports persons. It is categorised as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, which is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performances in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award, which is given for consistency in outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award is for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events; and Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime 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 along with sport journalists, experts, commentators and sports administrators. After due scrutiny, selection committee filtered 29 names for the four categories of National Sports Awards. Take a look:
1: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2017:

Shri Devendra- Para Athlete
Shri Sardar Singh- Hockey

2: Dronacharya Awards 2017:

Late Dr R Gandhi- Athletics
Heera Nand Kataria- Kabaddi
GSSV Prasad- Badminton (Lifetime)
Brij Bhushan Mohanty- Boxing (Lifetime)
PA Raphel- Hockey (Lifetime)
Sanjoy Chakraverthy- Shooting (Lifetime)
Roshan Lal- Wrestling (Lifetime)

3: Arjuna Awards 2017:

VJ Surekha- Archery
Khushbir Kaur- Athletics
Arokia Rajiv- Athletics
Prasanthi Singh- Basketball
LaishramDebendro Singh- Boxing
CheteshwarPujara- Cricket
Harmanpreet Kaur- Cricket
OinamBembem Devi- Football
SSP Chawrasia- Golf
SV Sunil- Hockey
Jasvir Singh- Kabaddi
PN Prakash- Shooting
A Amalraj- Table Tennis
SakethMyneni- Tennis
SatyawartKadian- Wrestling
Mariyappan- Para-Athlete
Varun Singh Bhati- Para-Athlete

4: Dhyan Chand Award 2017:

Bhupender Singh- Athletics
Syed Shahid Hakim- Football
Sumarai Tete- Hockey

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award includes a medal and a citation along with a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards include statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, each.

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