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Sardara Singh and Devendra Jhajharia to be awarded Khel Ratna

Sardara Sngh and Devendra Jhajharia to receive Khel Ratna

Ministry of youth affairs and sports confirmed the name of Hockey player Sardara Singh and double Paralympic Gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on Thursday .They become 33rd and 34th recipient of Khel Ratna .The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their “spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years” at international level. As of 2016, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹7.5 lakh (US$12,000).


Sardara Singh the former Indian hockey captain has taken Indian hockey to new heights ,he has helped India win the Asian games gold in 2014 , Silver at Commonwealth games 2014,Bronze at Hockey world league finals 2015 and also helped India to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics. The man from Sirsa in Haryana plays as a midfielder in the team.

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Whereas , Devendra Jhajharia is the 1st Indian para-athlete to win 2 golds at Paralympics for the country and now he will be the first Indian para athlete to receive Khel Ratna . Jhajharia won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics held in Athens, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country. At the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won his second gold medal in the same event bettering his previous record.

History of Khel Ratna

Chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand became the first recipient of the Khel Ratna in 1991-92 . In 2001,shooter Abhinav Bindra became the youngest recipient of the award at the age of just 18 . Usually this award is conferred for only one sportsperson per year but some exceptions have happen when more than one person received the honour in 1993–94, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2016 and now also in 2017 with Sardara and Devendra in the fray .

List of award recipients, showing the year, and discipline(s)
Year Recipient(s) Discipline(s)
1991–92 Viswanathan Anand Chess
1992–93 Geet Sethi Billiards
1993–94 † Homi Motivala Yachting (Team Event)
1993–94 † Garg Pushpendra Kumar Yachting (Team Event)
1994–95 Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting
1995–96 Nameirakpam Kunjarani Weightlifting
1996–97 Leander Paes Tennis
1997–98 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket
1998–99 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Athletics
1999–2000 Dhanraj Pillay Hockey (Men)
2000–01 Pullela Gopichand Badminton
2001 Abhinav Bindra Shooting
2002 † K. M. Beenamol Athletics
2002 † Anjali Bhagwat Shooting
2003 Anju Bobby George Athletics
2004 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Shooting
2005 Pankaj Advani Billiards and Snooker
2006 Manavjit Singh Sandhu Shooting
2007 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket
2008 No award
2009 † Mary Kom Boxing (Women)
2009 † Vijender Singh Boxing
2009 † Sushil Kumar Wrestling
2010 Saina Nehwal Badminton
2011 Gagan Narang Shooting
2012 † Vijay Kumar Shooting
2012 † Yogeshwar Dutt Wrestling
2013 Ronjan Sodhi Shooting
2014 No award
2015 Sania Mirza Tennis
2016 † P. V. Sindhu Badminton
2016 † Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
2016 † Jitu Rai Shooting
2016 † Sakshi Malik Wrestling

Source : https://www.wikipedia.org/

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