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Neeraj Chopra, Lovlina Borgohain, Ravi Dahiya among among 12 to be awarded Khel Ratna

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• Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award will be given to 12 sportspersons including Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra.
• Indian women’s cricket legend Mithali Raj and Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri will also achieve Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
• The selection committee also named 35 athletes the Arjuna award.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour, will be given to 12 sportspersons including Neeraj Chopra, who won gold for India at 2020. Khel Ratna will also be given to Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing) and Sreejesh PR (Hockey)

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain won a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sunil Chhetri also became India’s first footballer to be selected for Khel Ratna Award. Indian women’s cricket legend Mithali Raj will also receive the Khel Ratna Award.

The selection committee also named 35 athletes the Arjuna award.

All five gold medallists from the Tokyo Paralympics- Avani Lekhara (shooting), Manish Narwal (shooting), Sumit Antil (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (badminton) and Krishna Nagar (badminton)- completed the list of those recommended for the Khel Ratna.

India sent its biggest contingent to the Tokyo Olympics with as many as 121 athletes presenting their challenge and the country achieved its best ever show by winning seven medals, including one gold, two silver and four bronze.

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, para TT player Bhavina Patel, para shuttler Suhas Yathiraj and high jumper Nishad Kumar are among those selected for the Arjuna award.

Members of the men’s hockey team that won a historic bronze in the Olympics will also receive Arjuna award.

The awardees:
Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football), Manpreet Singh (Hockey).

Arjuna Awards:
Arpinder Singh (Athletics), Simranjit Kaur (Boxing), Shikhar Dhawan (Cricket), CA Bhavani Devi (Fencing), Monika (Hockey), Vandana Katariya (Hockey), Sandeep Narwal (Kabaddi), Himani Uttam Parab (Mallakhamb), Abhishek Verma (Shooting), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Deepak Punia (Wrestling), Dilpreet Singh (Hockey), Harman Preet Singh (Hockey), Rupinder Pal Singh (Hockey), Surender Kumar (Hockey), Amit Rohidas (Hockey), Birendra Lakra (Hockey), Sumit (Hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (Hockey), Hardik Singh (Hockey), Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey), Gurjant Singh (Hockey), Mandeep Singh (Hockey), Shamsher Singh (Hockey), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Hockey), Varun Kumar (Hockey), Simranjeet Singh (Hockey), Yogesh Kathuniya (Para Athletics) Nishad Kumar (Para Athletics), Praveen Kumar(Para Athletics), Suhash Yathiraj (Para Badminton) Singhraj Adhana (Para Shooting), Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis), Harvinder Singh (Para Archery) and Sharad Kumar (Para Athletics’).

A total of 10 coaches have been picked for the Dronacharya awards.

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