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. The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at special function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018
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: S. Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (Cricket).
Dronacharya Awards 2018
It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
Recipients are: Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey-Life Time), Tarak Sinha (Cricket-Life Time), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo-Life Time), V.R. Beedu (Athletics -Life Time).
Arjuna Award 2018
It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
Recipients are: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket), Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), Ankur Mittal (Shooting), Shreyasi Singh (Shooting), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), G. Sathiyan (Table Tennis), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Sumit (Wrestling), Pooja Kadian (Wushu), Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics) and Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).
Dhyan Chand Award 2018
It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.
Recipients are: Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling).
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018
- Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
- Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility: JSW Sports
- Sports for Development: Isha Outreach.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18
It is given annually to the university/institutions for their all-round performance in Inter-University Tournaments.
Recipient: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar