Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

The First General Council Meeting of Khelo India: Highlights

Recently Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju in the first general meeting of the Khelo India asked the states to actively organise the Khelo India Games to gather a larger pool of talent from the grassroots level.


Various annual competitions like the University Games and the Khelo India Youth Games which are organised at the national level under the Khelo India Scheme, have helped identify sporting talent from all states. However, that is not enough. While addressing the event Rijiju praised the States that already conduct annual sporting competitions and urged them to align with the Khelo India Scheme with centre’s full support in conducting these events.

The event

The first General Council meeting chaired by Kiran Rijiju was also attended by Sports Secretary Ravi Mittal, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan and other senior officials of the sports ministry.


To ace at an Olympic event, it takes at least 8 years to groom an athlete. Therefore, we need to identify talent at a very young age of 5-10 years itself and groom them and train them to be future champions. Then only we can make our country a sporting superpower. A five-zonal talent scouting committees have been planned for east, west, north, south and north-east. Selected talent can then be trained at SAI centres built at these five zones. However, to make this come true we need inputs from the state governments in identifying talent the minister stated. For now, eight states where KISCE will be set up has been identified and the Sports Ministry has also received proposals from another 13 states, on which decisions are being finalised. The states have been asked to identify their best sporting infrastructure for the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) and share it with the ministry as early as possible. The Minister assured the States that they will be provided with the fund and extended support from the ministry in building and providing a state of the art infrastructures in training senior athletes from all over the country.

Selection Committee recommendations for National Sports Awards 2019

Unlike in past, Ministry of Sports for year 2019 had formed a single selection committee for evaluating and deciding on all awards including both performance and coaching. The final list of sportsperson for annual sports awards for 2019 across various disciplines and achievements was recently released.

This 12-member selection committee was headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma (retired Supreme Court judge) and members included- Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia, Anjum Chopra, Anju Bobby George and Kamlesh Mehta besides representatives from Sports Authority of India and sports ministry.

The final recommendations by the 12-member selection committee include a massive 19-member list for Arjuna Awards and 6 for Dronacharya Award for coaching- 3 each in regular and lifetime categories.

Awards are presented every year on 29 August, observed as National Sports Day (Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday).

List of Sports-persons nominated for various awards

Here’s the complete list of recommendations forwarded by selection committee for 2019 sporting awards.

Khel Ratna

Bajrang Punia (wrestling), Deepa Malik (para-athletics)

It is given for most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of 4 years immediately preceding year (the year before) during which sportsperson is awarded.

It includes a medal, a certificate, ceremonial dress and cash prize of ₹7.50 lakh.

Arjuna Award

It was started in 1961. It carries a scroll, a bronze statue of Arjuna and cash prize of Rs.500,000.

19 sportsperson Nominated: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Swapna Burman (athletics).

Dronacharya Award (regular category):

Coach: Vimal Kumar (badminton), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics)

Dronacharya Award (Lifetime Category):

Coach: Mezban Patel (hockey), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket)

Dhyan Chand Award:

Manuel Fredricks (hockey), Arup Basak (table tennis), Manoj Kumar (wrestling), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and C Lalremsanga (archery).

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

Punjab University, Chandigarh – Overall winner university

Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)- 1st runner up

Punjabi University (Patiala) – 2nd runner up