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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Category: Sports
Celebrated In: India

Launched from the year 1991-92 with the objective of honoring most outstanding sportspersons to enhance their general status and to give them great dignity and place of honor in society. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, who was killed in 1991.  The award carries a medal, a scroll of honor and a substantial cash component.   Up to 2004-05, the cash component was Rs 5 lacks and it has now been increased to Rs 7.50 lacks.   The award is given for spectacular performance in the year under consideration, whether by an individual or a team, across all sporting disciplines.   The awards are given by President of India. Some of the recipients of this award are Pullela Gopi Chand in badminton, Dhanraj Pillay in hockey, and Sachin Tendulkar in cricket.

Normally only one award of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is given every year to an individual sportsperson. However, the Scheme provides that this condition can be relaxed in exceptional circumstances viz., winning of an Olympic medal.   Thus, in certain year’s more than one individual have been given this award.

Year of award

Name of the sportsperson

Name of sport

 

 

 

2012

Vijay Kumar (Joint Winner)

Shooting

2012

Yogeshwar Dutt (Joint Winner)

Wrestling

2011

Gagan Narang

Shooting

2010

Miss Saina Nehwal

Badminton

2009

Shri Vijender Singh (Joint Winner)

Boxing

2009

Smt Mangte Chungnejjang Mary Kom (Joint Winner)

Boxing

2009

Shri Sushil Kumar (Joint Winner)

Wrestling

2007

Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Cricket

2006

Shri Manavjit Singh Sandhu 

Shooting

2005

Shri Pankaj Advani

Billiards and Snooker

2004

Lt. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Shooting

2003

Smt. Anju Bobby George

Athletics

2002

Ms. K. M. Beenamol (Joint Winners)

Athletics

2002

Smt. Anjali R. Bhagwat (Joint Winners)

Shooting

2001

Shri Pullela Gopichand

Badminton

2001

Shri Pullela Gopichand

Shooting

1999

Shri Dhanraj Pillay

Hockey

1998

Smt. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar

Athletics

1997

Shri Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Cricket

1996

Shri Leander Paes

Tennis

1995

Ms. Nameirakpam Kunjarani

Weightlifting

1994

Ms. Karnam  Malleswari

Weightlifting

1993

Cdr. Homi d. Motivala

Yachting (Team Event)

1993

Lt. Cdr. P.K. Garg

Yachting (Team Event)

1992

Shri Geet sethi

Billiards and Snooker

1991

Shri Vishwanathan Anand

Chess

 

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