Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

  • Sports Ministry issues new guidelines for Arjuna Awards January 4, 2014

    New Delhi: To avoid any controversy on the criteria for giving away Arjuna Awards, the Sports Ministry on Friday decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of various international championships and sports events of disciplines covered in Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. The...
  • Ronjan Sodhi conferred Khel Ratna; Arjuna awards for 14 others August 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Robbed of some sheen due to selection controversies this year, the National Sports Awards were presented Saturday to the country's top athletes and coaches with shooter Ronjan Sodhi getting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- the country's highest sporting honour -- while cricketer Virat Kohli was among the...
  • Has the Khel Ratna row tarnished the image of Indian sports? August 22, 2013

    The Sports Ministry has officially confirmed double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi as the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, putting an end to the row over country's highest sporting award. ...
  • Sports Ministry remains firm, no Khel Ratna for Poonia August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh found time from his multifarious responsibilities to clear the national sports awards file on Thursday morning and an official announcement in this regard was expected later in the day. Importantly, and contrary to speculation, there are no changes in the list finalised by the...
  • Krishna Poonia called me for recommending her name for Khel Ratna: Anjali Bhagwat August 21, 2013

    Anjali Bhagwat, one of the members of the Khel Ratna selection committee, has said that discus thrower Krishna Poonia called her up a day before the selection meeting for recommending her name. ...
  • Political interference, lobbying delays Khel Ratna Award August 21, 2013

    A panel headed by Michael Ferreira had chosen shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the award but discus-thrower Krishan Poonia has revolted against it. ...
  • Sports Ministry likely to stick to original Khel Ratna list August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Suspense remained over discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea for considering her name for the prestigious Khel Ratna award even as the Sports Ministry on Tuesday indicated that there may not be any change in the original list of awardees. After the chorus for considering Poonia's name for the Khel...
  • I have never lobbied for the Khel Ratna Award: Ronjan Sodhi August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out after the controversy that engulfed his nomination for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, shooter Ronjan Sodhi on Tuesday said he was anguished by the intense lobbying that had gone on for the award after his name was nominated. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Sodhi insisted...
  • Olympians and Arjuna awardees support Poonia for Khel Ratna August 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Sunday got ore support for her recommendation for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Olympians, including London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, throwing their weight behind her. Prominent Olympians and Arjun awardees were of the view that Poonia should also be...
  • Sehwag backs Poonia over Khel Ratna controversy August 15, 2013

    Former Indian cricket vice-captain Virender Sehwag has come out in support of discus-thrower Krishna Poonia in the controversy over the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards, asking the government to take note of her achievements. "Poonia has big achievements like CWG Gold medal and sixth place finish at the Olympics and should...
  • Wrestler Sushil throws his weight behind Poonia August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Wednesday threw his weight behind ace woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who cried foul after double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Sushil came up with the suggestion that Poonia and Sodhi be jointly conferred...
  • Sodhi gets Khel Ratna; Kohli, Sindhu recommended for Arjuna award August 13, 2013

    Shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson. ...
  • Khel Ratna will motivate me to do better: Ronjon Sodhi August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: It was a case of third time lucky for ace trap shooter Ronjon Sodhi, who said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson, will only motivate him to achieve greater laurels for the country in future competitions. Sodhi, the first Indian to win...
  • No name from BCCI for Khel Ratna award June 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI this year hasn't forwarded any name for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest honour for active sportspersons in the country, since the cricket board didn't find any fitting cricketer for the award. The BCCI has recommended dashing batsman Virat Kohli's name for the Arjuna...
  • Sardar Singh recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna May 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Saturday recommended Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Sardar has been the captain of the men's team since Nov 2012 and under him, India reached the semifinals of Champions Trophy at Melbourne last year after 30 years. India also won the silver at...
  • Khel Ratna award for Vijay, Yogeshwar August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Olympic medallists Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt were on Wednesday jointly conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, country's highest sporting honour, while an unprecedented 25 sportspersons were honoured with the Arjuna awards in a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. A loud applause greeted the two Olympic heroes...
  • Dravid nominated for Khel Ratna, Yuvi for Arjuna July 7, 2012

    Mumbai: The BCCI has decided to recommend recently retired batsman Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna Award. "We will be forwarding the names of Rahul Dravid for Khel Ratna Award and Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna Award next week [to...
  • Mary Kom, Vijender and Sushil get Khel Ratna July 29, 2009

    New Delhi: The prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna will be conferred on three sportspersons - boxers MC Mary Kom and Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar - this year after the government on Wednesday departed from tradition to honour the country's Olympic heroes. The country's highest sporting honour, often mired in...
  • Manavjit pips big guns en route to Khel Ratna August 9, 2007

    New Delhi: The suspense is over. The country's yearly sporting awards have been decided. Shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu will step up on August 29 to recieve the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna from President Pratibha Patil. He is the reigning World Champion in trap shooting. Manavjit Singh Sandhu has been one of...
  • Mary Kom nominated for Khel Ratna June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: World women's boxing champion M C Mary Kom has been nominated for the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Mary Kom, who is world champion in the light-flyweight division has won a record three straight titles, the last of which came in Delhi. Her name...