National Sports Awards – 2016

The sports ministry has announced the National Sports awards, the Rio Olympics medallists shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Olympians, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees. Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the Government has decided to confer awards upon the following sports persons/ coaches/organizations:

1. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Name of the awardee             Discipline
1.   Ms. P.V. Sindhu                      Badminton
2.   Ms. Dipa Karmakar                 Gymnastics
3.   Shri Jitu Rai                           Shooting
4    Ms. Sakshi Malik                      Wrestling