Pranab Mukherjee to present National Sports Awards tomorrow

New Delhi, Aug. 30 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Awards, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Saturday.

The award ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be given to Ronjon Sodhi, Shooting.

The Arjuna Awards will be given to Chekrovolu Swuro, Archery; Ranjith Maheshwari, Athletics; P.V. Sindhu, Badminton; Kavita Chahal, Boxing; Rupesh Shah, Billiards and Snooker; Virat Kohli, Cricket; Abhijeet Gupta, Chess; Gagan Jeet Bhullar, Golf; Saba Anjum, Hockey; Rajkumari Rathore, Shooting; Joshna Chinnappa, Squash; Mouma Das, Table Tennis; Neha Rathi, Wrestling; Dharmender Dalal, Wrestling and Amit Kumar Saroha, Athletics (Para).

The Dronacharya Awards will be given to Poornima Mahato, Archery; Mahavir Singh, Boxing; Narinder Singh Saini, Hockey; K.P. Thomas, Athletics and Raj Singh, Wrestling

The Dhyan Chand Awards will be given to Mary D'souza Sequeira, Athletics;

Syed Ali, Hockey; Anil Mann, Wrestling and Girraj Singh, Para Sports (Athletics).

The National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

Apart from a medal and a citation, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh. Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, citations and cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.

Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given trophies. (ANI)

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