President Ram Nath Kovind handed out the national sports awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan today to celebrate the occasion of National Sports Day. The day is celebrated to honor legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh who was born on 29th August 1905.
The award is presented to sportspersons for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honor is bestowed on sportspersons for their lifetime achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement.
The National Sports Awards ceremony, which is usually held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, was forced to be re-scheduled on September 25 this year. The change in schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the 2018 Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta.
India garnered a record medal haul of 69 medals - consisting of 15 gold. 24 silver and thirty bronze, beating the previous best of 65 medals won at 2010 edition of the Asian Games held in Guangzhou.
World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind in a glittering awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
While Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, ace wrestler Vinesh Phoga and Hima Das, who brought laurels to the country at the 2018 Asian Games were among the 20 picked for the Arjuna Awards. Badminton ace PV Sindhu and gymnast Dipa Karmakar were conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta award.
Six coaches were honored with Dronacharya Awards, which includes Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi. The Dronacharya Award for Lifetime Contribution was given to S. Pradeep Kumar for swimming and Mahabir Singh for wrestling.
The List of Awardees:
Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu.
Neeraj Chopra, Jinson Johnson and Hima Das (Athletics)
N Sikki Reddy (Badminton)
Satish Kumar (Boxing)
Smriti Mandhana (Cricket)
Shubhankar Sharma (Golf)
Manpreet Singh, Savita (Hockey)
Ravi Rathore (Polo)
Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh (Shooting)
Manika Batra, G Sathiyan (Table Tennis)
Rohan Bopanna (Tennis)
Pooja Kadian (Wushu)
Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics)
Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).
C A Kuttappa (Boxing)
Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting)
A Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis)
Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics)
Clarence Lobo (Hockey, Lifetime)
Tarak Sinha (Cricket, Lifetime)
Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo, Lifetime)
V R Beedu (Athletics, Lifetime)
Dhyan Chand Awards:
Satyadev Prasad (Archery)
Bharat Kumar Chetry (Hockey)
Bobby Aloysius (Athletics)
Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling)