President gives away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards to 4 athletes



Pranab Mukherjee gave away the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shooter Jitu Rai and Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik in New Delhi on 29 August.

Apart from a medal and a citation, each awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh. The Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.

This apart, six coaches were honoured with Dronacharya Awards. They include Nagapuri Ramesh for athletics, Sagar Mal Dhayal for boxing and Raj Kumar Sharma for cricket. Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi will also receive the award. S Pradeep Kumar for Swimming and Mahabir Singh for Wrestling received the Dronacharya Award for Lifetime contribution.

Also, 15 sportspersons were selected for Arjuna Awards. Prominent among them are Olympian runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, boxer Shiva Thapa and wrestler Vinesh Phogat. Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and Rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke were given the Dhyanchand Award.