June 13, 2024 10:36 PM
Major dhyan Chand khel ratna award winners

The Khel Ratna Award officially known as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honour in India. It was formerly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

In 2021, Indian Government changed its name from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna after the Legendary Hockey player who was also known as the Magician of Hockey.

It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

The last National Sports Award ceremony was conducted in New Delhi on November 13, 2021, and conferred the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award to 12 athletes by the then President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

List of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awardees (1991 – 2021)

YearAthlete NameSport Name
1991–1992Viswanathan AnandChess
1992–1993Geet SethiBilliards
1993–1994Homi MotivalaYachting
1993–1994Pushpendra Kumar GargYachting
1994–1995Karnam MalleswariWeightlifting
1995–1996Nameirakpam KunjaraniWeightlifting
1996–1997Leander PaesTennis
1997–1998 Sachin TendulkarCricket
1998–1999Jyotirmoyee SikdarAthletics
1999–2000 Dhanraj PillayHockey
2000–2001 Pullela GopichandBadminton
2001Abhinav BindraShooting
2002K. M. BeenamolAthletics
2002 Anjali BhagwatShooting
2003Anju Bobby GeorgeAthletics
2004Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreShooting
2005Pankaj AdvaniBilliards and Snooker
2006Manavjit Singh SandhuShooting
2007Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket
2008No Award Given
2009Mary KomBoxing
2009Vijender SinghBoxing
2009Sushil KumarFreestyle Wrestling
2010Saina NehwalBadminton
2011Gagan NarangShooting
2012Vijay KumarShooting
2012Yogeshwar DuttFreestyle Wrestling
2013Ronjan Sodhi Shooting
2014No Award Given
2015Sania MirzaTennis
2016P. V. SindhuBadminton
2016Dipa KarmakarGymnastics
2016Jitu RaiShooting
2016Sakshi MalikFreestyle Wrestling
2017Sardara SinghHockey
2017Devendra Jhajharia Paralympic Javelin
2018Virat KohliCricket
2018Saikhom Mirabai ChanuWeightlifting
2019Deepa MalikParalympic (shot put, javelin0
2019Bajrang PuniaFreestyle Wrestling
2020Rohit SharmaCricket
2020Mariyappan ThangaveluParalympic high jump
2020Manika BatraTable Tennis
2020Vinesh PhogatFreestyle wrestling
2020Rani RampalHockey
2021Neeraj ChopraAthletics
2021Ravi Kumar DahiyaFreestyle Wrestling
2021Lovlina BorgohainBoxing
2021P. R. SreejeshHockey
2021Avani LekharaParalympic Shooting
2021Sumit AntilPara-athletics
2021Pramod BhagatPara-badminton
2021Krishna NagarPara-badminton
2021Manish NarwalParalympic shooting
2021Mithali RajCricket
2021Sunil ChhetriFootball
2021Manpreet SinghHockey

Some Glimpses of Award Cermeony

FAQ Related to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

1. When was the Khel Ratna Award instituted?

It was started in 1991-1992

2. What is the prize money of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna?

Answer: Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award carries a medal, a citation and a cash prize of Rs.25 lakh. Till 2004-05, the cash amount in Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award was Rs.5,00,000/-. After that it was increased to Rs 7.5 lakh. On the occasion of National Sports Day on 29 August 2020, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has increased it to Rs 25 lakh.

3. Who was the first winner of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award?

Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (1991-92)

4. Who Gives Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna?

By President of India

5. Which ministry conducts the Khel Ratna Award?

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

6. Who is the youngest player to receive the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award?

In 2001, Abhinav Bindra, then aged 18, became the youngest recipient of the award in shooting.

7. Who is the oldest player to get Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna?

Deepa Malik (as in 2019 – 49 years old)

Malik, a silver medallist at the last Paralympics said:

“I am very happy because I have always stood up. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability. I think it’s going to come as a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for indepedent India to win Medal at Paralympic”

8. Who is the first para-athlete player to receive the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award?

Devendra Jhajharia

The Khel Ratna award, conferred each year, honours a sportsperson who displays excellence in talent, contribution, and dedication and who has the potential to inspire young people. By showing the victory of the human spirit against all obstacles, and finding meaning in life despite all challenges, they also serve as an inspiration to future generations. They have an infectious smile on their faces as they work toward success.

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