Badminton ace Saina Nehwal, whose phenomenal rise was highlighted by three top-flight international titles recently, was conferred the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi.
List of the awardees:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Saina Nehwal (Badminton).
Joseph Abraham, Krishna Poonia (both Athletics), Dinesh Kumar (Boxing), Parimrajan Negi (Chess), Julan Goswami (Women’s Cricket), Deepak Kumar Mandal (Football), Sandeep Singh (Men’s Hockey), Jasjeet Kaur Handa (Women’s Hockey), Dinesh Kumar (Kabaddi), Sanjeev Rajput (Shooting), Rehan Jehangir Poncha (Swimming), Kapil Dev KJ (Volleyball), Rajeev Tomar (Wrestling), Rajesh Chaudhary (Yachting), Jagseer Singh (Para- Olympics athletics).
Dhyan Chand Awards:
Satish Pillai (Athletics), Kuldeep Singh (Wrestling), Anita Chanu (Weightlifting).
A K Kutty (Athletics), Subhash B Aggarwal (Billiards and Snooker), L Ibomcha Singh (Boxing), Ajay Kumar Bansal (Hockey), Captain Chandrup (Wrestling).
Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar:
Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Tata Steel Limited, Khel Evam Yuva Vibhag (Government of Madhya Pradesh).