Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli won Khel Ratna and became only the third cricketer in the country after Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni to be awarded the highest civilian award for sports after being conferred with the Khel Ratna award on Tuesday. A glistening and glimmering ceremony saw the electric batsmen being presented the award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Ram Nath Kovind. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu was the other sports personality awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
The Khel Ratna which is presented to two of the best sportspersons in the country every year, with sometimes the count going up to three in rare exceptions had seen Kidambi Srikanth’s name being suggested for the awards as well before the Sports Ministry rejected it.
After the ace cricketer, Virat Kohli won Khel Ratna, he became the centre of attention at the ceremony as he stepped up to receive his award. The batsman, who has over the years being an integral part of the India team, warranted the landmark for his out of the world performances that have seen him being crowned as the best batsmen in the world.
The annual national sports awards are bestowed upon the best sportspersons and coaches in the country over the last year. These awards include the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards for players and the Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand awards for the best coaches. This year saw athletes from a plethora of different sporting fields which included the likes of cricket, athletics, wrestling, table tennis, shooting and hockey among others being rewarded for their amazing feats.
20 athletes were conferred with the Arjuna Award including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Jinson Johnson and Hima Das, shuttler N Sikki Reddy, cricketer Smriti Mandhana and table tennis player Manika Batra.
List of Award winners:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu
Arjuna Awards: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), N Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket), Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Col. 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), Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton)
Dronacharya Awards: Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey Lifetime achievement), Tarak Sinha (Cricket Lifetime Achievement), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo Lifetime Achievement), V.R. Beedu (Athletics Lifetime Achievement)
Dhyan Chand Awards: Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling)
After Virat Kohli won Khel Ratna, we hope more sportspersons and commoners aspire for such excellence in sports and other respective fields.
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