This year the National Sports Award Ceremony can be postponed for a month or two due to coronavirus. A Sports Ministry official said that the final decision in this matter is yet to come from Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand Awards are given by the President on 29 August every year. This ceremony is also held in Rashtrapati Bhavan itself.
This time due to Corona, applications for sports awards were called for the first time through e-mail. Usually, the process of sending nominations starts in April itself, but this time due to the lockdown applications were sought in May.
Name of Neeraj Chopra and Rani Rampal also sent for Khel Ratna
This time the names of cricketer Rohit Sharma, athlete Hima Das and wrestler Vinesh Phogat have been sent for Khel Ratna. Apart from these, the names of Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw), Monica Batra (Table Tennis) and Women Hockey Team Captain Rani Rampal have also been sent for Khel Ratna. At the same time, Paralympian Deepa Malik and wrestler Bajrang Punia received this award last year.
Waiting for order from Rashtrapati Bhavan
“We have not received any information from Rashtrapati Bhavan right now,” a Sports Ministry official told the news agency. We are waiting for the Rashtrapati Bhavan order regarding the Sports Awards. Currently, such programs are banned across the country where people gather. Due to this, there are no programs in Rashtrapati Bhavan. In the past too many award ceremonies have been held after August 29. If this program also stops this time, then it can be done after 1 or 2 months. Right now, the safety of the people is the priority of all of us. ”
The program is held on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand
National Sports Day is celebrated every year on 29 August on the birth anniversary of hockey player Major Dhyan Chand. On this occasion, awards are given in a simple ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Khel Ratna is India’s highest sporting award. It is named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Every year it is given to the best player in the country. The player is awarded with a prize of Rs 7.5 lakh and a statue. At the same time, the player who wins the Arjuna Award is given five lakh rupees.