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National Sports Awards -2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

National Sports Awards for 2018 has been announced. The awardees will receive their awards from the President at a special event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on 25th September 2018.

National Sports Awards -2018Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018:

  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of 4 years. It includes a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh.
  • Selection Committee head: Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar
S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1 Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu Weightlifting
2 Shri Virat Kohli Cricket


Dronacharya Awards 2018:

  • Dronacharya Award is given for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. It includes a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.
  • Selection Committee head: Justice Mukul Mudgal
S. No. Name of the Coach Discipline
1 Subedar  Chenanda Achaiah  Kuttappa Boxing
2 Shri Vijay Sharma Weightlifting
3 Shri A. Srinivasa Rao Table Tennis
4 Shri Sukhdev  Singh  Pannu Athletics
5 Shri Clarence Lobo Hockey (Life Time)
6 Shri Tarak Sinha Cricket (Life Time)
7 Shri Jiwan Kumar Sharma Judo (Life Time)
8 Shri V.R. Beedu Athletics (Life Time)


Arjuna Awards 2018:

  • Arjuna Award is given for sports persons with consistent outstanding performance for 4 years.
  • Selection Committee head: Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar
S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1 Shri Neeraj Chopra Athletics
2 Naib Subedar Jinson Johnson Athletics
3 Ms. Hima Das Athletics
4 Ms. Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy Badminton
5 Subedar Satish Kumar Boxing
6 Ms. Smriti Mandhana Cricket
7 Shri Shubhankar Sharma Golf
8 Shri Manpreet Singh Hockey
9 Ms. Savita Hockey
10 Col. Ravi Rathore Polo
11 Ms. Rahi Sarnobat Shooting
12 Shri Ankur Mittal Shooting
13 Ms. Shreyasi Singh Shooting
14 Ms. Manika Batra Table Tennis
15 Shri G. Sathiyan Table Tennis
16 Shri Rohan Bopanna Tennis
17 Shri Sumit Wrestling
18 Ms. Pooja Kadian Wushu
19 Shri Ankur Dhama Para-Athletics
20 Shri Manoj Sarkar Para-Badminton


Dhyan Chand Award 2018:

  • Dhyan Chand Award is given for life time contribution to sports development. It includes a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.
  • Selection Committee head: Justice Mukul Mudgal
S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1 Shri Satyadev Prasad Archery
2 Shri Bharat Kumar Chetri Hockey
3 Ms. Bobby Aloysius Athletics
4 Shri Chougale Dadu Dattatray Wrestling


Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018:

  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have contributed to sports promotion and development.
  • Selection committee head: Rahul Bhatnagar
S. No. Category Name of the entity
1 Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
2 Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility JSW Sports
3 Sports for Development Isha Outreach


Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18:

  • Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy. It includes a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
  • Selection Committee head: Ashok Kumar
  • Recipient of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar