The winners’ journey does not end there, there is more to do, says Anurag Thakur
Union Youth and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur congratulated all the winners of the 2020 National Sports Awards and said the country should continue to seek talented athletes capable of winning medals for India in the ‘to come up. On Monday, the Sports Ministry physically presented the trophies to all the winners of last year’s National Sports Awards at a reception at the Ashoka Hotel in Delhi.
The event was graced by Union Minister Anurag Thakur, as well as Sports Secretary Sujata Chaturvedi, Youth Secretary Usha Sharma and other senior officials from the ministry and ISC. All of the 2020 National Sports Awards winners had previously received the cash awards but were unable to collect their trophies and citations at last year’s event when the Sports Awards ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the winners, Anurag Thakur said, âThe National Sports Awards are a prestigious award that is won by athletes after years of dedication and hard work. Congratulations to all the winners and the best for their future events. The winners’ journey does not end there, there is more to do. “” We must also continue to seek out talented athletes, prepare them and enable them to win medals at the international level. So I ask all athletes to make a commitment to at least prepare and train five of those athletes who can win medals for India in the future, âhe added.
On August 29, 2020, the Ministry of Sports awarded a total of 74 national sports awards, including five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna awards. Monday’s ceremony brought together many laureates, including Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat and Mariyappan Thangavelu, who received the prestigious Khel Ratna Prize, and Lovlina Borgohain, Ishant Sharma, Atanu Das, Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty, among others who received the Arjuna Prize.
The list of national sports winners for the year 2020 was: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Rohit Sharma (cricket), Mariyappan Thangavelu (para-athletics), Manika Batra (table tennis), Vinesh Phogat (wrestling), Rani Rampal ( hockey).
Arjuna Awards: Atanu Das (Archery), Dutee Chand (Athletics), Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy (Badminton), Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty (Badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Basketball), Manish Kaushik (Boxing), Lovlina Borgohain ( Boxing), Ishant Sharma (Cricket), Deepti Sharma (Cricket), Sawant Ajay Anant (Equestrian), Sandesh Jhingan (Football), Aditi Ashok (Golf), Akashdeep Singh (Hockey), Deepika (Hockey), Deepak (Kabaddi), Kale Sarika Sudhakar (Kho Kho), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (Rowing), Manu Bhaker (Shooting), Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting), Madhurika Patkar (Table tennis), Divij Sharan (Tennis), Shiva Keshavan (Winter sports), Divya Kakran (Wrestling), Rahul Aware (Wrestling), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (para-swimming), Sandeep (para-athletics), Manish Narwal (para-shooting). Dronacharya Prize (lifetime category): Dharmendra Tiwary (archery), Puurushotham Rai (athletics), Shiv Singh (boxing), Romesh Pathania (hockey), Krishan Kumar Hooda (Kabaddi), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (para powerlifting), Naresh Kumar (Tennis), Om Parkash Dahiya (Wrestling).
Dronacharya (Regular Category): Jude Felix (Hockey), Yogesh Malviya (Mallakhamb), Jaspal Rana (Shooting), Kuldeep Kumar Handoo (Wushu), Gaurav Khanna (Para Badminton). Dhyan Chand Awards: Kuldip Singh Bhullar (Athletics), Jincy Philips (Athletics), Pradeep Shrikrishna Gandhe (Badminton), Trupti Murgunde (Badminton), N Usha (Boxing), Lakha Singh (Boxing), Sukhvinder Singh Sandhu (Football) , Ajit Singh (Hockey), Manpreet Singh (Kabaddi), J Ranjith Kumar (Para-athletics), Satyaprakash Tiwari (Para badminton), Manjeet Singh (Rowing), Late Shri Sachin Nag (Swimming), Nandan Bal (Tennis), Netarpal Hooda (Wrestling).
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards: Anita Devi (Land Adventure), Col Sarfraz Singh (Land Adventure), Taka Tamut (Land Adventure), Keval Hiren Kakka (Land Adventure), Satendra Singh (Water Adventure), Gajanand Yadava (Aerial Adventure), The late Magan Bissa (the fulfillment of a lifetime). Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy (MAKA): University of Panjab, Chandigarh.
Identification and development of budding and young talents: Lakshya Institute, Army Sports Institute. Promotion of sport through corporate social responsibility: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd.
Sports employment and sports well-being measures: Air Force Sports Control Board. Sports for Development: International Institute of Sports Management (IISM). (ANI)
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