National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.
The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at special function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018
Recipients : S. Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (Cricket).
Dronacharya Awards 2018
Recipients: Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey-Life Time), Tarak Sinha (Cricket-Life Time), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo-Life Time), V.R. Beedu (Athletics -Life Time).
Arjuna Award 2018
Recipients: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket), Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), Ankur Mittal (Shooting), Shreyasi Singh (Shooting), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), G. Sathiyan (Table Tennis), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Sumit (Wrestling), Pooja Kadian (Wushu), Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics) and Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).
Dhyan Chand Award 2018
Recipients :Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling).
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018
Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility: JSW Sports
Sports for Development: Isha Outreach.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18
Recipient: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar