Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

The National Sports Awards of India comprise six different awards given to sportspersons of India by the Central Government. The sports awards are given annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Usually, they are given out on August 29 by the President of India at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace.

A total of 1,259 individuals and organizations have been awarded the various National Sports Awards as of 2020.

Apart from the six National Sports Awards described below, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is also given alongside the other sports awards since 2004.

Here are the six National Sports Awards of India:

1. Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna
The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, formerly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, is the highest award bestowed to a sports person in India and was instituted in the year 19911992.

It is given for the “most outstanding performance by a sportsperson” over the period of the last four years.

It comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.

2. Arjuna Award
The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961 by the Government of India to recognise outstanding achievement in national sports events.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll of honour.

3. Dronacharya Award
The Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Government of India to recognise excellence in sports coaching.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a bronze statue of Dronacharya and a scroll of honour.

4. Major Dhyan Chand Award
The Dhyan Chand Award was instituted in the year 2002 and comprises a Dhyan Chand statuette, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a certificate and a ceremonial dress.

It is given to individuals for “lifetime contribution to sports development” — sportspersons who have contributed to other sportspersons and sports by their performance, and continue to contribute their promotion for sports even after their retirement from active sporting career.

5. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy
The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy was instituted in the year 19561957.

This award is for university-level sports performances. It is given to a university for “top performance in the inter-university tournaments” over the period of the last one year.

6. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar
The Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was instituted in the year 2009.

This award is given to both individuals as well as private or public organisations for “playing a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development” over the period of last three years.

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