The Hindu

Khel Ratna for five approved

Sports Ministry prunes Arjuna Awards list to 27

- Press Trust of India

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.

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