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Rio Olympics 2016- Indian Awardees

Dipa’s coach among six selected for Dronacharya award

A day after the Olympic Games came to an end in Rio de Janerio, the government on Monday conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016 to Olympic medallists P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik; ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who lost a medal by a whisker, and shooter Jitu Rai. This is for the first time the nation’s highest sporting award has been conferred on four athletes.

Dipa Karmakar’s coach, Bishweshwar Nandi, has been selected for the Dronacharya Award, alongwith Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (cricket), S. Pradeep Kumar (swimming) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling).

Fifteen sportspersons will be honoured with the Arjuna Award and three with the Dhyan Chand Award.

Besides, the Punjabi University of Patiala will be awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.

Apart from a medal and a citation, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh. The Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each, said a press release from the Sports Ministry.

The Selection Committee for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Award was headed by Justice S.K. Agarwal, retired Delhi High Court Judge. The Selection Committee for the Dronacharya Award and the Dhyan Chand Award was headed by M.C. Mary Kom.

The awards will be distributed by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29.

Full list of awardees:

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2016

Name of awardee Discipline
P.V. Sindhu Badminton
Sakshi Malik Wrestling
Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
Jitu Rai Shooting

Dronacharya Award 2016

Name of awardee Discipline
Nagapuri Ramesh Athletics
Sagar Mal Dhayal Boxing
Raj Kumar Sharma Cricket
Bishweshwar Nandi Gymnastics
S. Pradeep Kumar Swimming (lifetime)
Mahabir Singh Wrestling (lifetime)

Arjuna Award 2016

Name of awardee Discipline
Rajat Chauhan Archery
Lalita Babar Athletics
Sourav Kothari Billiards and Snooker
Shiva Thapa Boxing
Ajinkya Rahane Cricket
Rani Hockey
Subrata Paul Football
V R Raghunath Hockey
Gurpreet Singh Shooting
Apurvi Chandela Shooting
Soumyajit Ghosh Table Tennis
Vinesh Poghat Wrestling
Amit Kumar Wrestling
Sandeep Singh Mann Para-Athletics
Virender Singh Wrestling (deaf)

Dhyan Chand Award 2015

Name of Awardee Discipline
Satti Geetha Athletics
Sylvanus Dung Dung Hockey
Rajendra Pralhad Shelke Rowing
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