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Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat and Rani Rampal to be Honoured with Khel Ratna

Manika Batra, Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat, (Photo Credit: PTI)

Manika Batra, Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat, (Photo Credit: PTI)

Manika Batra, Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with Mariappan Thangavelu and Rohit Sharma.

Table tennis star Manika Batra, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and India women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal will get the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Para-athlete Mariappan Thangavelu and cricketer Rohit Sharma have also been conferred the honor.

Star athlete Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker, cricketers Ishant Sharma and Deepti Sharma are among 27 sportspersons who will be honoured with the Arjuna Award.

Sakshi Malik and Mirabai Chanu, were been of the Justice (retd) Mukundakam Sharma-led selection committee that recommended 29 names and the decision on bestowing the Arjuna on them was left to the discretion of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. This was due to the fact that they had already won the Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honour.

Full List of Arjuna Award winners:

Dharmendra Tiwary (Archery), Purushotham Rai (Atheltics), Shiv Singh (Boxing), Romesh Pathania (Hockey), Krishan Kumar Hooda (Kabaddi), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (Para Powerlifting), Naresh Kumar (Tennis), Om Prakash Dahiya (Wrestling), in the life-time category, while Jude Felix Sebastian (Hockey), Yogesh Malviya (Mallakhamb), Jaspal Rana (Shooting) and Gaurav Khanna (Para Badminton, in the regular category, have be conferred with the Dronacharya Award.

Winners of Dhyan Chand Award:

The national sports awards will be held virtually on August 29, the National Sports Day, instead of the Rashtrapati Bhavan this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

Complete List of National Sports Awards - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Rohit Sharma (Cricket), Mariyappan T. (Para Athletics), , Manika Batra (Table Tennis), Vinesh (Wrestling), Rani (Hockey) Dronacharya Award (Lifetime category): Dharmendra Tiwary (Archery), Purushotham Rai (Athletics), Shiv Singh (Boxing), Romesh Pathania (Hockey), Krishan Kumar Hooda (Kabaddi), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (Para Powerlifting), Naresh Kumar (Tennis), Om Parkash Dahiya (Wrestling). Regular category: Jude Felix Sebastian (Hockey), Yogesh Malviya (Mallakhamb), Jaspal Rana (Shooting), Kuldeep Kumar Handoo (Wushu), Gaurav Khanna (Para Badminton) Arjuna Award: Atanu Das (Archery), Dutee Chand (Athletics), Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy (Badminton), Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty (Badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Basketball), Subedar Manish Kaushik (Boxing), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Ishant Sharma (Cricket), Deepti Sharma (Cricket), Sawant Ajay Anant (Equestrian), Sandesh Jhingan (Football), Aditi Ashok (Golf), Akashdeep Singh (Hockey), Deepika (Hockey), Deepak (Kabaddi), Kale Sarika Sudhakar (Kho Kho), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (Rowing), Manu Bhaker (Shooting), Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting), Madhurika Suhas Patkar (Table Tennis), Divij Sharan (Tennis), Shiva Keshavan (Winter Sports), Divya Kakran (Wrestling), Rahul Aware (Wrestling), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (Para Swimming), Sandeep Para (Athletics) Manish Narwal (Para Shooting) Dhyan Chand Award: Kuldip Singh Bhullar (Athletics), Jincy Philips (Athletics), Pradeep Shrikrishna Gandhe (Badminton), Trupti Murgunde (Badminton), N. Usha (Boxing), Lakha Singh (Boxing), Sukhvinder Singh Sandhu (Football), Ajit Singh (Hockey), Manpreet Singh (Kabaddi), J. Ranjith Kumar (Para Athletics), Satyaprakash Tiwari (Para Badminton), Manjeet Singh (Rowing), Late Shri Sachin Nag (Swimming), Nandan P Bal (Tennis), Netarpal Hooda (Wrestling).

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