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Champion boxer Vijender thrilled at receiving Khel Ratna

Aug 28, 2009 10:10 PM IST India India

President Pratibha Patil will give the national sports awards on Saturday in New Delhi.

All awardees this year will take home new trophies. For the first time three sportspersons will get the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

The three are Olympic medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijender Singh and world champion boxer MC Mary Kom.

Cricketer Gautam Gambhir and badminton player Saina Nehwal along with 13 other sportspersons will receive the Arjuna Awards while badminton legend Pulella Gopichand will receive the Dronacharya Award along with three others.