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Manpreet Singh was on the List of Khel Ratna Winners

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Manpreet Singh, a bronze winner and captain from the Indian Men’s Hockey Team was recently added to the list of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna awardees, after securing 12 wins with the ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Being acclaimed originally for the Arjuna Award, he soon joined the veteran goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, as the second hockey player in the list of awardees representing the highest level of honour. Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra, and Olympic silver-medalist wrestler Ravi Dahiya, shared the same prominent list of awardees of Khel Ratna winners.

Moreover, mostly 35 of the Arjuna Awardees was the most of India’s Paralympic medal winners, as well as cricketers, Shikhar Dhawan and Mithali Raj. The awardees were received their awards from the esteemed President of India at the Darbar Hall of Rashtraprati Bhavan. It was held virually last year due to the pandemic.

The Khel Ratna award is eligible to individuals who has portrayed outstanding and dexterity in their performances over a period of 4 years consecutively. The Olympic and Paralympic performances are expected to have an enormous success this year.

At the same time, India baggedseven medals in the Olympics, and clinched 19 medals, including 5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals at the Paralympics. Hence, 10 coaches were picked for the Dronacharya awards.

Additionally, in the life time achievement category, there were several awardees; T.P Ouseph from Athletics, Sarkar Talwar from Cricket, Sarpal Singh from Hockey, Ashan Kumar from Kabaddi, and Tapan Kumar Panigrahi from Swimming who achieved this honorary position. On the other hand, the winners from the Dronacharya category were: Radhakrishnan Nair P from Athletics, Sandhya Gurung from Boxing, Pritam Siwach from Hockey, Jai Prakash Nautiyal from Para Shooting and Subramanian Raman from Table Tennis.

The assistant coach of the national camp, Gurung, was also the personal coach of Olympic bronze medalist Lovlinga Borgohain, who has received the Khel Ratna award just a year after being selected for the Arjuna award.

Sajjan Singh from Wrestling was also selected for Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement alongside former World and Asian champion boxer, Lekha K.C, Abhijeet Kunte from Chess, Davindar Singh Garcha from Hockey and Vikas Kumar from Kabaddi.

This year’s award reception and committee was led by Justice (Retd.) Mukundakam Sharma (former Judge of Supreme Court) and also included the three-time Paralympic medalist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, and lastly, ex-world champion boxer L Sarita Devi among others.

The Arjuna Awards included:

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).

The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awards included:

Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar(Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), P.R 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).

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar included:

Manav Rachna Educational Institution and Indian Oil Corporation Limited for encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility.

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