This was the first time in the history of National Sports Awards, four athletes were chosen for the Khel Ratna honour,owing to the three girls’ superlative show at the Rio Olympics.In 2009, two boxers Vijender Singh and Mary Com and wrestler Sushil Kumar were given Khel Ratna award together.
Today(29-08-16) PV Sindhu,Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were conferred India’s highest sporting honour of the country the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna along with Jitu Rai for their contribution in their respective fields in a gleaming awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Awardees received the awards from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5lakh along with a medal and a citation.The Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs 5.5Lakh along with statuettes, certificates.
Here is the full list of awardees :
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016 :
Dronacharya Award 2016:
|Raj Kumar Sharma||Cricket|
|Sagar Mal Dhayal||Boxing|
|S. Pradeep Kumar||Swimming(lifetime)|
Arjuna Awards 2016 :
|V R Raghunath||Hockey|
|Sandeep Singh Mann||Para-Athletics|
Dhyan Chand Award :
|Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung||Hockey|
|Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke||Rowing|