National Sports Awards 2023:National Award Ceremony is being organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Draupadi Murmu is honoring the players who performed brilliantly in 2023. Indian cricket team’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami received the Arjuna Award. Shami had performed brilliantly in the ODI World Cup 2023 held at home. He was the bowler taking the most wickets in the tournament. Only Shami has received the Arjun Award in cricket.
At the same time, star shuttlers Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were awarded the Khel Ratna for their stellar performance in badminton last year. This is the biggest sports award in the country. This time a total of 26 players will be given Arjun Awards while two players have been honored with Khel Ratna.
A proud day for cricket…!!!
Shami is now an Arjuna Awardee.pic.twitter.com/A8NDBqcjt1
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 9, 2024
Apart from this, five coaches have been given Dronacharya Awards. In this, wrestling coach Lalit Kumar, chess coach RB Ramesh, Mahavir Prasad Saini in para athletics, Shivendra Singh in hockey and Ganesh Prabhakar in Malkhamb have received this award. Dhyanchand Award for Livetime Achievement has been given to 3 people for lifetime achievement in sports and games.
— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2024
It includes Manjusha Kanwar, Vineet Kumar Sharma and Kavita Selvaraj. Manjusha won medals in badminton events at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and South Asian Games. Vineet Kumar has won silver and bronze medals in the hockey event of the Commonwealth Games. He was also a part of the Indian team that played the Olympics. He has also been honored with the Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime Achievement. Apart from him, Kabaddi player Kavitha Selvaraj has also won medals in Asian Games and Asian Kabaddi Championship.
These players were honored
Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2023
Arjun Award 2023
|Ojas Praveen Dawtale
|Aditi Gopichand Swami
|horse riding dressage
|Krishna Bahadur Pathak
|Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar
|Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
|Ajay Kumar Reddy