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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020

Indian cricket team vice-captain and opener is one of 4 athletes who have been recommended for ’s top sporting honor – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Along with Rohit Sharma, Asian Games Gold Medalist Vinesh Phogat, Table Tennis Champion Manika Batra and Paralympic Gold Medalist Mariappan Thangavelu were recommended for the Khel Ratna Award.

  • The move comes after the National Sports Awards selection committee met on Tuesday to decide on awards for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and other national sports.
  • The committee, which includes Virender Sehwag and Sardar Singh, met at the Sports Authority of India headquarters in New Delhi. This is only the first time since 2016 that the names of 4 athletes have been recommended for the award. Rio Olympic medalists PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik as well as marksman Jitu Rai collectively received the award in 2016.
  • Rohit Sharma will become the fourth cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and to receive the Khel Ratna award.
  • Tendulkar was the first Indian cricketer to win the Khel Ratna Award when he did so in 1998. Dhoni received the sporting honor after leading India to the T20 World Cup in 2007, while Virat Kohli won the award with weightlifter Mirabai Chanu in 2018.
  • Vinesh Phogat became the first female fighter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2018, while star paddler Manika Batra had an extraordinary year in 2018 in which she won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze at the Asian Games in women’s singles.
  • Meanwhile, Mariappan Thangavelu made history at the Paralympic Games in Rio by winning the gold medal in the high jump (T42).
  • The Khel Ratna Prize was won by Paralympic athlete Deepa Malik and wrestler Bajrang Punia in 2019.
  • The Ministry of Sports of the Indian government announces many sports awards such as Arjuna Prize, Eklavya Prize, Major Dhyana Chand Prize, Dronacharya Prize and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Prize.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Prize is the highest sporting honor of the Republic of India. The winner of the Khel Ratna prize receives a prize of 7.5 lac rupees. This prize is awarded each year to the athletes who are the pride of the country at international events.

List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winners 2020

       Player Name   Sport Year
 1. Viswanathan Anand Chess 1992
 2. Geet Sethi   Billiards 1993
 3. Homi de Motivala and PK Garg Yachting 1995
 4.  Weightlifting 1996
 5. Kunjurani Devi and Leander Paes Weightlifting, Lawn Tennis 1997
 6. Sachin Tendulkar Cricket 1998
 7. Jyotirmoyee Sikandar Athletics 1999
 8. Dhanraj Pillai Hockey 2000
 9. Pullela Gopichand Badminton 2001
 10. Abhinav Bindra Shooting   2002
 11. Anjali Bhagwat and K. M. Binamol Shooting, Athletics 2003
 12. Anju Bobby George Athletics 2004
 13. Rajya Vardhan ,Singh Rathore Shooting 2005
 14. Pankaj Advani Billiards and Snooker 2006
 15. Manavjit Singh Sandhu Shooting 2007
 16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket 2008
 17. M.C. Marikom, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar Boxing, Boxing, Wrestling 2009
 18. Saina Nehwal Badminton 2010
 19. Gagan Narang Shooting 2011
 20. Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt Shooting, Wrestling 2012
 21. Ranjan Sodhi Shooting 2013
 22. Sania Mirza Lawn Tennis 2015
 23. P. V. Sindhu, Deepa Kamikar, Sakshi Bhai and Jitu Rai Badminton, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Shooting 2016
 24. Devendra Jhajaria, Sardar Singh Javelin throw, Hockey 2017
 25. Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu Cricket, Weightlifting 2018
26. Bajrang Punia Deepa Malikwrestling  Athletics2019
27. Rohit Sharma (nominated)Cricket2020

Some interesting facts about Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award are

  • It is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India.
  • It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • This award was instituted in 1991-92.
  • Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand was the first recipient of this award.
  • From 1992 to 2019, 36 sportsmen got this award.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award can be given a maximum of three persons in a year.
  • Rohit Sharma will only be the fourth cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, just retired M.S. Dhoni, and Virat Kohli, ato be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
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