Names of 12 sportspersons are announced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports who will be awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award for the year 2021, the announcement was made on Tuesday.
Where medallists from the Tokyo Olympics, including gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra, and Paralympic Games will be given India’s highest sporting honour.
Awards provided to recognize and reward excellence in sports
Also, the list includes names of Indian women’s cricket legend Mithali Raj and Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri. However, the awards will be given as part of the National Sports Awards, which is scheduled to be held on November 13.
From the President of India the sports persons will receive their awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Every year these awards are provided to recognize and reward excellence in sports. A total of 35 sportspersons will receive the Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in sports.
The names of sports person who will receive Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award includes: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football).
Arjuna Awards will received by:
Arpinder Singh (Athletics), Simranjit Kaur (Boxing), Shikhar Dhawan (Cricket), CA Bhavani Devi (Fencing), Monika (Hockey), Amit Rohidas (Hockey), Birendra Lakra (Hockey), Sumit (Hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (Hockey), Hardik Singh (Hockey), Vandana Katariya (Hockey), Sandeep Narwal (Kabaddi), Himani Uttam Parab (Mallakhamb), Dilpreet Singh (Hockey), Harman Preet Singh (Hockey), Rupinder Pal Singh (Hockey), Surender Kumar (Hockey), Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey), Gurjant Singh (Hockey), Mandeep Singh (Hockey), Shamsher Singh (Hockey), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Hockey), Varun Kumar (Hockey), Simranjeet Singh (Hockey), Yogesh Kathuniya (Para Athletics) Nishad Kumar (Para Athletics), Abhishek Verma (Shooting), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Deepak Punia (Wrestling), Praveen Kumar(Para Athletics), Suhash Yathiraj (Para Badminton) Singhraj Adhana (Para Shooting), Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis), Harvinder Singh (Para Archery) and Sharad Kumar (Para Athletics’).