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PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai set to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik are set to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour, alongside gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. 
•    This is the first time the award will be conferred upon four athletes at a time.
•    While Sindhu created history by becoming the first woman athlete from India to win silver in badminton at the Rio Olympics, Sakshi bagged a bronze in women's 58kg wrestling.
•    Dipa Karmakar, India's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, missed bronze by 0.15 points, but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault earned her praise from all corners. 
•    Shooter Jitu Rai, the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, participated in the 10m and 50m air pistol events, finishing 8th and 12th respectively.
•    The Khel Ratna Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. 
•    Apart from a medal and a citation, the Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.

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