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New Delhi : Tokyo Olympics Gold Medallist Neeraj Chopra, Olympics medallist Lovlina Borgohain ( Boxing), Footballer Sunil Chhetri, and cricketer Mithali Raj are among the 12 sportspersons  getting Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021. Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and tennis player Ankita Raina are among the 36 sportspersons getting Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games.

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021 on November 2, 2021.The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 13, 2021, at 4.30 pm.National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports.

‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of previous four years.

‘Arjuna Award for outstanding performance in Sports and Games’ is given for good performance over a period of previous four years and showing qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.

‘Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games’ is given to coaches for doing outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabling sportspersons to excel in International events.

‘Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games’ is given to honour sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports event after their retirement.

‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ is given to corporate entities (both in private and public sector), sports control boards, NGOs including sports bodies at theState and National level who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.

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

A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committee headed by Justice (Retd.) Mukundakam Sharma (former Judge of Supreme Court), consisting members from eminent sportspersons and persons having experience in sports journalism & sports administrator etc, according to a PIB release.

Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons, coaches and entities:

  1. Major Dhyan Chand KhelRatna Award 2021

S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1. Neeraj Chopra Athletics
2. Ravi Kumar Wrestling
3. LovlinaBorgohain Boxing
4. Sreejesh P.R Hockey
5. AvaniLekhara Para Shooting
6. SumitAntil Para Athletics
7. PramodBhagat Para Badminton
8. Krishna Nagar Para Badminton
9. Manish Narwal Para Shooting
10. Mithali Raj Cricket
11. Sunil Chhetri Football
12. Manpreet Singh Hockey

(ii)        Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games 2021

S. No. Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
Arpinder Singh Athletics
SimranjitKaur Boxing
ShikharDhawan Cricket
Bhavani Devi Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Fencing
Monika Hockey
VandanaKatariya Hockey
SandeepNarwal Kabaddi
HimaniUttamParab Mallakhamb
AbhishekVerma Shooting
AnkitaRaina Tennis
Deepak Punia Wrestling
Dilpreet Singh Hockey
Harman Preet Singh Hockey
Rupinder Pal Singh Hockey
Surender Kumar Hockey
AmitRohidas Hockey
BirendraLakra Hockey
Sumit Hockey
Nilakanta Sharma Hockey
Hardik Singh Hockey
VivekSagar Prasad Hockey
Gurjant Singh Hockey
Mandeep Singh Hockey
Shamsher Singh Hockey
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay Hockey
Varun Kumar Hockey
Simranjeet Singh Hockey
YogeshKathuniya Para Athletics
Nishad Kumar Para Athletics
Praveen Kumar Para Athletics
SuhashYathiraj Para Badminton
SinghrajAdhana Para Shooting
Bhavina Patel Para Table Tennis
Harvinder Singh Para Archery
Sharad Kumar Para Athletics