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National Sports Awards 2021, list of winners of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, Arjuna award and Dronacharya Award


Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, veteran woman cricketer Mithali Raj, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and history-making Paralympic stars (from Avani Lekhara to Sumit Antil) were among 12 sportspersons who were presented with India’s highest sporting honour ‘The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna’.

The sports persons were conferred with the honour by President Ram Nath Kovind in a glittering function organised at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 13 November. Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of the previous four years.

The sports stars who were felicitated with the award are:

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021

S. No.Name of the SportspersonDiscipline
1.Neeraj ChopraAthletics
2.Ravi KumarWrestling
4.Sreejesh P.RHockey
5.AvaniLekharaPara Shooting
6.SumitAntilPara Athletics
7.Pramod BhagatPara Badminton
8.Krishna NagarPara Badminton
9.Manish NarwalPara Shooting
10.Mithali RajCricket
11.Sunil ChhetriFootball
12.Manpreet SinghHockey

All of the awardees were present at the function except shuttler Krishna Nagar who couldn’t attend the event after the sudden demise of his mother.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna and many other National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports. The ministry of youth affairs and sports announced the National Sports Awards on 2 November.

After Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award the second highest sporting honour of India is The Arjuna Award, officially known as Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games.

All men’s Hockey India team who bought home the historic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics was awarded Arjun Award with the exceptions of PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh who were felicitated with the Khel Ratna Award.

Arjuna Award winners for 2021 are:

Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games 2021

S. No.Name of the SportspersonDiscipline
Arpinder SinghAthletics
Simranjit KaurBoxing
Shikhar DhawanCricket
Bhavani Devi ChadalavadaAnandhaSundhararamanFencing
Vandana KatariyaHockey
Sandeep NarwalKabaddi
Abhishek VermaShooting
Ankita RainaTennis
Deepak PuniaWrestling
Dilpreet SinghHockey
Harman Preet SinghHockey
Rupinder Pal SinghHockey
Surender KumarHockey
Amit RohidasHockey
Birendra LakraHockey
Nilakanta SharmaHockey
Hardik SinghHockey
Vivek Sagar PrasadHockey
Gurjant SinghHockey
Mandeep SinghHockey
Shamsher SinghHockey
Lalit Kumar UpadhyayHockey
Varun KumarHockey
Simranjeet SinghHockey
Yogesh KathuniyaPara Athletics
Nishad KumarPara Athletics
Praveen KumarPara Athletics
SuhashYathirajPara Badminton
SinghrajAdhanaPara Shooting
Bhavina PatelPara Table Tennis
Harvinder SinghPara Archery
Sharad KumarPara Athletics

No sportsperson can succeed without the support and of their coach. Therefore, to honour some of the outstanding mentors Dronacharya Award is given every year.

Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games 2021

  • Life-Time Category:
S. No.Name of the CoachDiscipline
T. P. OusephAthletics
Sarkar TalwarCricket
Sarpal SinghHockey
Ashan KumarKabaddi
Tapan Kumar PanigrahiSwimming
  • Regular Category:
S. No.Name of the CoachDiscipline
Radhakrishnan Nair PAthletics
Sandhya GurungBoxing
Pritam SiwachHockey
Jai Prakash NautiyalPara Shooting
Subramanian RamanTable Tennis

The Major Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games, is the lifetime achievement sporting honour of the Republic of India.

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games 2021

Lekha K.C.Boxing
Abhijeet KunteChess
Davinder Singh GarchaHockey
Vikas KumarKabaddi
Sajjan SinghWrestling

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar recognizes the “involvement of corporates, voluntary organizations, and sports control boards, in the promotion and development of sports in the country” over the previous three years.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2021

S. No.CategoryEntity recommended for Rashtriya Khel   l Protsahan Puraskar, 2021
1.Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young TalentManav Rachna Educational Institution
2.Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social ResponsibilityIndian Oil Corporation Limited

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