The sports ministry on Wednesday has extended the deadline for submitting applications for the till June 22. In the revised guidelines it also allowed athletes to self-nominate in view of the “difficulties” being faced by them to find recommenders amid the (Covid-19) lockdown.


Wednesday (June 3) was to be the last day of completing the nomination process but the period has been extended along with the relaxation in the process because of the problems athletes are facing in “getting the recommendation of the prescribed authorities/persons due to country-wide lockdown on account of Covid-19 pandemic.”




The Khel Ratna award, officially known as in Sports and Games, is the highest sporting honour in India. The award is named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Khel Ratna is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry. The athlete(s) is/are honoured for their spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years at international level.


“…it has been decided to do away with the condition of submitting only with the recommendations of the authorities/persons prescribed in the awards scheme,” stated a sports ministry circular.

 



“…the part of the application form requiring the recommendation of the prescribed authorities/persons may be left blank,” it added.


The Ministry has invited only e-mail applications this year due to the pandemic.


What is

The are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India to recognise outstanding achievement in field of sports. The process of giving was started in 1961, which includes a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.




The criteria for conferring Arjuna Award has been revised over the years. According to the revised guidelines, to be eligible for the award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.


As per prescribed norms, the nominations for national awards can only be made along with recommendation of the national federation, sports board, and former awardees.


The relaxation offers a window of opportunities for those athletes who have neither been shortlisted by their national sports federations nor got the backing of previous awardees.

 



The awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, are given away every year on August 29, the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, which is also celebrated as the national sports day.

List of winner:










Year 

Name Of The Awardee 

Discipline 

2019

Bajrang Punia

Wrestling

Deepa Malik

Paralympic









































2018

Mirabai Chanu 

 Weightlifting 

Virat Kohli 

Cricket 

2017

Sardar Singh 

Hockey 

Devendra 

Para – Athletic 

2016

P.V. Sindhu 

Badminton 

Dipa Karmakar 

Gymnastics 

Jitu Rai 

Shooting 

Sakshi Malik 

Wrestling 

2015

Sania Mirza 

Tennis 

2013

Ronjan Sodhi 

Shooting 

2012

Vijay Kumar 

Shooting 

Yogeshwar Dutt 

Wrestling 

2011

Gagan Narang 

Shooting 

2010

Saina Nehwal 

Badminton 

2009

Mary Kom

Boxing 

Vijender Singh

Sushil Kumar 

Wrestling 

2007

MS Dhoni

Cricket 

2006

Manavjit Singh Sandhu 

Shooting 

2005

Pankaj Advani 

Billiards & Snooker 

2004

Lt. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Shooting 

2003

Anju Bobby George 

Athletics 

2002

K M Beenamol 

Athletics 

Anjali R.Bhagwat 

Shooting 

2001

Abhinav Bindra 

Shooting 

2000-2001 

Pullela Gopichand 

Badminton 

1999-2000 

Dhanraj Pillay 

Hockey 

1998-1999 

Jyotirmoyee Sikdar 

Athletics 

1997-1998 

Sachin Tendulkar

Cricket 

1996-1997 

Leander Paes

Tennis 

1995-1996 

N Kunjurani 

Weightlifting 

1994-1995 

K Malleshwari 

Weightlifting 

1992-1994 

Cdr. Homi D. Motivala 

Yachting 

Cdr. P.K. Garg 

Yachting 

1991-1992 

Vishwanath Anand 

Chess 

Geet Sethi 

Billiards 



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