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Ajinkya Rahane ,Lalita and Shiva Thapa to get Arjun Award

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar  is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals 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.
Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has  decided to confer awards upon the following sportspersons/ coaches/organizations:
(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016
 1.    Ms. P.V. Sindhu    Badminton
2.    Ms. Dipa Karmakar    Gymnastics
3.    Shri Jitu Rai    Shooting
4.    Ms. Sakshi Malik    Wrestling

(ii) Dronacharya Awards 2016
1    Shri Nagapuri Ramesh    Athletics
2    Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal    Boxing
3.    Shri Raj Kumar Sharma    Cricket
4.    Shri Bishweshwar Nandi    Gymnastics
5.    Shri S. Pradeep Kumar    Swimming (Lifetime)
6.    Shri Mahabir Singh    Wrestling (Lifetime)

(iii)        Arjuna Awards 2016

1.                       Shri Rajat Chauhan    Archery

 2.                       Ms. Lalita Babar    Athletics
3.                       Shri Sourav Kothari    Billiards & Snooker
4.                       Shri Shiva Thapa    Boxing
5.                       Shri Ajinkya Rahane    Cricket
6.                       Shri Subrata Paul    Football
7.                       Ms. Rani    Hockey
8.                       Shri Raghunath V.R.    Hockey
9.                       Shri Gurpreet Singh    Shooting
10.                   Ms. Apurvi Chandela    Shooting
11.                   Shri Soumyajit Ghosh    Table Tennis
12.                   Ms. Vinesh    Wrestling
13.                   Shri Amit Kumar    Wrestling
14.                   Shri Sandeep Singh Mann    Para-Athletics
15.                   Shri Virender Singh    Wrestling (Deaf)
(iv) Dhyan Chand Award 2015
1    Ms. Satti Geetha    Athletics
2    Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung    Hockey
3    Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke    Rowing
(v) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016

1.    Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent    1.Hockey Citizen Group
2.Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club
3.Usha School of Athletics
2.    Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility    India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited
3.    Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures    Reserve Bank of India
4.    Sports for Development
 5.  Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society
 (vi) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16
 Punjabi University, Patiala
The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016. 
Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh.  Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.  Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments will be given MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs. 10 lakh and  certificate.

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