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Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Announced the National Sports Awards 2021

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National Sports Awards for 2021 (1)The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the recipients of the National Sports Awards 2021. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will felicitate the awardees during the award ceremony which will be held at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on 13th November 2021. 

The recipients of the National Sports Awards 2021 were recommended by the Selection Committee of the National Sports Awards 2021.

National Sports Awards:

i.The National Sports Awards are annually presented to recognise and reward excellence in sports.

ii.The National Sports Awards 2021 includes

  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
  • Arjuna Award
  • Dronacharya Award,
  • Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement
  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

Selection Committee of the National Sports Awards 2021:

The Selection Committee of the National Sports Awards 2021 was chaired by former Supreme Court Judge Justice Mukundakum Sharma. 

Members:

  • Devendra Jhajharia, Three-time Paralympic medal-winning javelin thrower
  • Venkatesh Prasad, Former Cricketer
  • Venkatesh Prasad, Former World Champion (Boxing)
  • Baldev Singh, Hockey coach
  • Sandip Pradhan, Director General of Sports Authority
  • Vijay Lokapally, senior journalists
  • Vikrant Gupta, senior journalists

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award:

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award formerly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honour of India. The award is presented to recognise the spectacular and outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of 4 years.

  • The Khel Ratna Awards was instituted in 1991-1992.
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25 Lakhs

Winners of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021:

Number of awardees: 12

Number of para-sports personalities: 5

Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Neeraj Chopra Athletics
Ravi Kumar Dahiya Wrestling
Lovlina Borgohain Boxing
Sreejesh P.R Hockey
Avani Lekhara Para Shooting
Sumit Antil Para Athletics
Pramod Bhagat Para-Badminton
Krishna Nagar Para-Badminton
Manish Narwal Para Shooting
Mithali Raj Cricket
Sunil Chhetri Football
Manpreet Singh Hockey

Highlights:

Sunil Chhetri, captain of both India national football team and Bengaluru FC has become India’s first football player to be named as the recipient of the Khel Ratna Award.

Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games:

Arjuna Award for outstanding performance in Sports and Games recognise the outstanding achievement of an individual in National Sports.

  • The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961, named after Arjuna, a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata.
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.

Winners of Arjuna Awards 2021:

Number of awardees: 35

Number of para-sports personalities: 8

Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Arpinder Singh Athletics
Simranjit Kaur Boxing
Shikhar Dhawan Cricket
Bhavani Devi Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Fencing
Monika Hockey
Vandana Katariya Hockey
Sandeep Narwal Kabaddi
Himani Uttam Parab Mallakhamb
Abhishek Verma Shooting
Ankita Raina Tennis
Deepak Punia Wrestling
Dilpreet Singh Hockey
Harman Preet Singh Hockey
Rupinder Pal Singh Hockey
Surender Kumar Hockey
Amit Rohidas Hockey
Birendra Lakra Hockey
Sumit Hockey
Nilakanta Sharma Hockey
Hardik Singh Hockey
Vivek Sagar Prasad Hockey
Gurjant Singh Hockey
Mandeep Singh Hockey
Shamsher Singh Hockey
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay Hockey
Varun Kumar Hockey
Simranjeet Singh Hockey
Yogesh Kathuniya Para Athletics
Nishad Kumar Para Athletics
Praveen Kumar Para Athletics
Suhash Yathiraj Para-Badminton
Singhraj Adhana Para Shooting
Bhavina Patel Para Table Tennis
Harvinder Singh Para Archery
Sharad Kumar Para Athletics

Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games:

Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games, instituted in 1985, is awarded to the coaches to recognise their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enable sportspersons to excel in International events.

  • The award is presented in 2 categories: Life-Time Category and Regular Category. 
  • The Dronacharya Award (Lifetime) carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and the Dronacharya Award (Regular) carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

Winners of Dronacharya Award 2021:

Total number of awardees: 10

Life-time Category: 5

Regular Category: 5

Category Name of the Coach Discipline
Life-Time Category T. P. Ouseph Athletics
Sarkar Talwar Cricket
Sarpal Singh Hockey
Ashan Kumar Kabaddi
Tapan Kumar Panigrahi Swimming
Regular Category Radhakrishnan Nair P Athletics
SandhyaGurung Boxing
PritamSiwach Hockey
Jai PrakashNautiyal Para Shooting
Subramanian Raman Table Tennis

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games:

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement honours the individuals who contribute to sports through their performance and continue their contribution by promoting the sports even after retirement.

  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

Winners of Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement 2021:

Number of awardees: 5

Name Discipline
Lekha K.C. Boxing
AbhijeetKunte Chess
Davinder Singh Garcha Hockey
Vikas Kumar Kabaddi
Sajjan Singh Wrestling

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar:

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is presented to the corporate entities including both private and public sector, sports control boards, NGOs including sports bodies at the State and National level, who have contributed towards the promotion and development of sports.

Winners of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2021:

Category Recommended Entity
Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent Manav Rachna Educational Institution
Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy:

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy is presented to the Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.

Winner of MAKA Trophy 2021:

Panjab University, Chandigarh has been named as the winner of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2021. 

About Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports:

Union Minister- Anurag Singh Thakur (Constituency- Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh)
Minister of State– Nisith Pramanik (Constituency- Coochbehar, West Bengal)