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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is awarded for the exceptional performance by a Sportsperson in a year based on the suggestions provided by Award Selection Committee. The Valid Nominations are placed before the Selection Committee Constituted by the Government. The Recommendations of the Selection Committee are Submitted to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for further Approval.


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The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, is the Highest sporting honor of the Republic of India. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989 . The first Recipient of the Award was Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand who was honored for the performance in Chess in the year 1991–92.


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S.No Year Person Name Sports and Games Name
1. 1992 Vishwanathan Anand Chess
2. 1993 Geet Sethi Billards
3. 1995 Homi Motivala Yachiting
4. 1995 Garg Pushpendra Kumar Yachiting
5. 1996 Karnam Malleswari Weightlifiting
6. 1997 Nameirakpam Kunjarani Weightlifting
7. 1997 Leander Paes Tennis
8. 1998 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket
9. 1999 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Athletics
10. 2000 Dhanraj pillay Hockey(Men)
11. 2001 Pullela Gopichand Badminton
12. 2002 Abhinav Bindra Shooting
13. 2003 K.M Beenamol Athletics
14. 2003 Anjali Bhagawath Shooting
15. 2004 Anju Bobby George Athletics
16. 2004 Rajyavardhan singh-Rathode Shooting
17. 2006 Pankaj Advani Billiards and Snookar
18. 2007 Manavjit Singh-Rathode Sandhu Shooting
19. 2008 Mahedra singh Dhoni Cricket
20. 2009 M.C. Marikom Boxing
21. 2009 Vijender Singh Boxing
22. 2009 Sushil Kumar Wrestling
23. 2010 Saina Nehwal Badminton
24. 2011 Gagan Narang Shooting
25. 2012 Vijay Kumar Shooting
26. 2012 Yogeshwar Dutt Wrestling
27. 2013 Ranjan Sodhi Shooting
28. 2015 Sania Mirza Lawn Tennis
29. 2016 P. V. Sindhu Badminton
30. 2016 Deepa Kamikar Gymnastics
31. 2016 Sakshi Bhai Wrestling
32. 2016 Jitu Rai Shooting
33. 2017 Devendra Jhajaria Javelin throw
34. 2017 Sardar Singh Hockey
35. 2018 Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Weightlifting
36. 2018 Virat Kohli Cricket