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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Winners List
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, will now be known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, August 6, announced the name change in recognition of the Indian hockey legend, Dhyan Chand.
In 1991-92, the first Khel Ratna award is handed annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipients are awarded for their “spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports” at the international level. The selected athletes are awarded a medallion and a certificate, along with a cash prize of ₹ 25 lakh.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna) Award Winners List
|Homi de Motivala and PK Garg||Yachting||1995|
|Kunjurani Devi and Leander Paes||Weightlifting, Lawn Tennis||1997|
|K. M. Binamol, Anjali Bhagwat||Athletics, Shooting,||2003|
|Anju Bobby George||Athletics||2004|
|Rajya Vardhan, Singh Rathore||Shooting||2005|
|Pankaj Advani||Billiards and Snooker||2006|
|Manavjit Singh Sandhu||Shooting||2007|
|Mahendra Singh Dhoni||Cricket||2008|
|M.C. Marikom, Vijender Singh,||Boxing, Boxing,||2009|
|Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt||Shooting, Wrestling||2012|
|Sania Mirza||Lawn Tennis||2015|
|P. V. Sindhu, Deepa Kamikar,||Badminton, Gymnastics,||2016|
|Sakshi Bhai and Jitu Rai||Wrestling, Shooting||2016|
|Devendra Jhajaria, Sardar Singh||Javelin throw, Hockey||2017|
|Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu||Cricket, Weightlifting||2018|
|Mariyappan Thangavelu||Paralympic High Jump||2020|
|Manika Batra||Table Tennis||2020|
The year 2020 saw the most number of athletes being awarded the Khel Ratna award. Cricketer Rohit Sharma, Table Tennis player Manika Batra, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal all shared the award along with Paralympic athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu. The awards were deemed of utmost importance for Vinesh Phogat and Rani Rampal by many as they came just ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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