khel ratna award 2021: Khel Ratna award for year 2021 Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra wrestler Ravi Dahiya among 11 athletes noninated: Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award: Neeraj Chopra and these star players contenders, see full list
11 athletes including Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, silver medalist Ravi Dahiya have been nominated for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award for 2021. This award is given on Sports Day i.e. 29 August. It is the country’s highest sports award.
This time an unprecedented total of 11 players have been selected for the country’s highest sports award. Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain, veteran hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and women’s Test cricket team captain Mithali were also recommended by the selection committee for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.
Legendary Sunil Chhetri became the first footballer in the country to be selected for this honour. Last year, five players were selected for the Khel Ratna award, while four players were selected for the award after the 2016 Rio Games. The announcement of the National Sports Awards was also delayed to take into account the performance of para athletes who took part in the Tokyo Olympics (August 24 to September 5).
Tokyo Olympic gold medalists shooters Avani Lekhara and Manish Narwal, javelin thrower Sumit Antil and badminton players Pramod Bhagat and Krishna Nagar were also selected for the Khel Ratna award. The committee selected 35 players for the Arjuna Award, which is eight more than the number of players selected for the award last year.
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, para table tennis player Bhavina Patel, para badminton player Suhas Yathiraj and high jumper Nishad Kumar are among the players selected for the Arjuna Award. Arjuna Award will also be given to the members of the Indian men’s hockey team that won the historic bronze medal at the Olympics.
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