Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest honor given in the sports world of India. This award was named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This Award was started between 1991-92. This award was established for the appreciate indian players for their awareness and achievement in sports.
GK About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
|First winner||Viswanathan Anand|
|Last winner||Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (cricket)|
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Winners 2018:
The Indian cricket team captain and one of the world’s finest players Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu have been selected for the 2018 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Kohli has been running in the best form since last 3 years. He was earlier nominated for this award in 2016 and 2017. Chanu has been selected for this prestigious award due to winning the gold medal in 48 kg in the World Championship last year.
This award includes a certificate and a cash prize along with a medal. Till to 2005 the Prize money was 5 Lakh, but after 2005 it has been increased and now the Prize Money of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is 7 Lakh.
List of Recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award since 1991 to 2018
|2018||Saikhom Mirabai Chanu||Weightlifting|
|2017||Devendra Jhajharia||Paralympic athletics|
|2017||Sardara Singh||Hockey (Men)|
|2016||P. V. Sindhu||Badminton|
|2009||Mary Kom||Boxing (Women)|
|2007||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||Cricket|
|2006||Manavjit Singh Sandhu||Shooting|
|2005||Pankaj Advani||Billiards and Snooker|
|2004||Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore||Shooting|
|2003||Anju Bobby George||Athletics|
|2002||K. M. Beenamol||Athletics|
|1999–2000||Dhanraj Pillay||Hockey (Men)|
|1993–1994||Homi Motivala||Yachting (Team event)|
|1993–1994||Pushpendra Kumar Garg||Yachting (Team event)|
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna was not given to anyone in the year 2008.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna was not given to anyone in the year 2014.