Khel Ratna Awards 2008-09

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports, Dronacharya Awards for Outstanding Coaches.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India's highest honour given for achievement in sports. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. Up to 2004-05, the cash component was Rs. 5,00,000 but now the money has been increased from Rs 5,00,000 to Rs 7,50,000. The award was instituted in the year 1991-92 to supply the lack of a supreme national accolade in the field of sports.

Recepient (2008-09) Category (Sport)
MC Mary Kom Boxing
Vijender Singh Boxing
Sushil Kumar Wrestling

Arjuna Awards

The Arjuna Awards were instituted in 1961 by the government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll. The Government has recently revised the scheme for the Arjun Award. As per the revised guidelines, to be eligible for the Award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous three years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. From the year 2001, the arjuna award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories:

  • Olympic Games / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games / World Cup / World Championship Disciplines and Cricket
  • Indigenous Games
  • Sports for the Physically Challenged
Recepient (2008-09) Category (Sport)
Mangal Singh Champia Archery
K Sinimol Paulose Athletics
Saina Nehwal Badminton
L Saritha Devi Boxing
Tania Sachdeva Chess
Gautam Gambhir Cricket
Ignace Tirkey, Surinder Kaur Hockey
Pankaj Shirsat Kabaddi
Parul D Parmar Badminton (disabled)
Satish Joshi Rowing
Ranjan Sodhi Shooting
Poulami Ghatak Table Tennis
Yogeshwar Dutt Wrestling
G L Yadav Yachting

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports

Recepient (2008-09) Category (Sport)
Ishar Singh Deol Athletics
Satbir Singh Dahya Wrestling

Dronacharya Awards for Outstanding Coaches

Recepient (2008-09) Category (Sport)
Baldev Singh Hockey
Jaidev Bisht Boxing
Satpal Wrestling
Pullela Gopichand Badminton