Khel Ratna for five approved
Sports Ministry prunes Arjuna Awards list to 27
The Sports Ministry on Friday accepted an unprecedented five recommendations for the country’s highest sporting honour (Khel Ratna), but decided against bestowing the Arjuna Award on former Rajiv Gandhi
Khel Ratna winners Sakshi Malik and Mirabai Chanu, pruning the list to 27.
The Dronacharya Awards will be given to 13 individuals, including eight in the lifetime category, while 15 athletes will receive the Dhyan Chand Awards. Six institutions have been recommended for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar. Panjab University has been chosen for the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy. In a first, the awards will be held virtually on August 29, the National Sports Day, instead of the Rashtrapati Bhavan this year due to COVID-19.