Arjuna Award Current Affairs

Government announces National Sports Awards 2017

The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India.

These awards include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar .

2017 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.

Recipients are: Devendra (Para Athletics), Sardar Singh (Hockey).

2017 Dronacharya Award

It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.

Recipients are: Dr. R. Gandhi (Athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (Kabaddi), G.S.S.V. Prasad (Badminton), Brij Bhushan Mohanty (Boxing), P.A. Raphel (Hockey), Sanjoy Chakraverthy (Shooting) and Roshan Lal (Wrestling).

2017 Arjuna Award

It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.

Recipients are: V.J. Surekha (Archery), Khushbir Kaur (Athletics), Arokia Rajiv (Athletics), Prasanthi Singh (Basketball), LaishramDebendro Singh (Boxing), Cheteshwar Pujara (Cricket), Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket), OinamBembem Devi (Football), S.S.P. Chawrasia (Golf), S.V. Sunil (Hockey), Jasvir Singh (Kabaddi), P. N. Prakash (Shooting), A. Amalraj (Table Tennis), Saketh Myneni (Tennis), SatyawartKadian (Wrestling), Mariyappan (Para-Athletics) and Varun Singh Bhati (Para-Athletics).

2017 Dhyan Chand Award

It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.

Recipients are: Bhupender Singh (Athletics), Syed Shahid Hakim (Football), Sumarai Tete (Hockey).

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Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award

Cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were conferred with the Arjuna Award for their contributions to sport of cricket.

The award was bestowed upon them by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel in New Delhi. Sharma was bestowed with the award for the year 2015 and Rahane for the year 2016.

Earlier, both were not able to receive awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were participating in international tournaments.

About Arjuna Award

  • The award was was instituted in 1961. It is given by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • It is bestowed upon sportsperson in recognition of their outstanding achievement in National sports.
  • The award carries bronze statuette of Arjuna, a scroll and a monetary award of 5 lakh rupees.

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