President presents sports and adventure awards; Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for Sania Mirza

President Pranab Mukherjee honours tennis player Sania Mirza

New Delhi, Aug 29: Sania Mirza on Friday was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for becoming the No. 1 player in the World for Women’s doubles in Tennis after winning the Women’s doubles title in Wimbeldon. She was given the award by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

President Mukherjee presented the Sports and Adventure Awards at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Naval Singh received the Dronachaya Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of coaching in the discipline of Para-sports. He has coached prominent sports people like Amit Saroha (Arjuna Awardee), Deepa Malik (Arjuna Awardee) and Karam Jyoti.

Anoop Singh received the Dronachaya Award in recognition of his achievements in the field of coaching in the discipline of Wrestling. Prominent among his trainees are Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Geetika Jakhar and Neha Rathi.

Harbans Singh is Master of Sports (Athletics) from Germany. He received the Dronachaya Award in recognition of his achievements in the field of coaching in the discipline of Athletics.

Nihar Ameen is a level 5 American Swimming Coaches Association accredited coach. He received the Dronachaya Award in recognition of his achievements in the field of coaching in the discipline of Swimming. He has coached 1992 and 1996 Olympic Gold medalists namely Joel Thomas and Sheila Taromina.

Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Archery. He won a team gold medal in Asian Games at Incheon in 2014. He also won a team gold medal and individual Silver in Asian Championship at Chinese Taipei in 2013.

MR Poovamma, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in Athletics, received the Arjuna Award. She won the gold medal 4X400 meters relay in Asian Games 2014 at Incheon with record breaking performance.

Kidambi Srikanth Nammalwar received the Arjuna Award. He was ranked 3rd in the World as on August 13, 2015. Mandeep Jangra was presented the Arjuna Award for his excellence in the discipline of Boxing.

Rohit Sharma, the only batsmen in the world to have scored two double centuries in One day internationals, received the Arjuna Award. He however could not attend the ceremony.

President Mukherjee presented the Sports and Adventure Awards at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Pranab Mukherjee and MOS for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Sarbananda Sonowal with the sports and adventure awardees, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on August 29, 2015. Photo courtesy: President’s Secretariat

List of National Sports award

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Sports and adventure awards at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.

-Dipa Karmakar received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Gymnastics. She won the Bronze medal in Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014.

-Sreejesh PR received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Hockey. His main achievements in Hocley are gold medal in Asian Games at Incheon in 2014.

-Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre and Manjeet Chhillar received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Kabaddi. They won the gold medal in Asian Games at Incheon in 2014 and at Guandzhou in 2010.

-Sawarn Singh received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Rowing. His main achievements in Rowing are bronze medal in Asian Games at in 2014.

-Anup Kumar Yama received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Roller Skating. He won the bronze medal in World Artistic Championship in Spain in 2014 and a gold in Taiwan in 2013.

-Naib Subedar Jitu Rai received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Shooting. He won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014.

pS Sathish Kumar received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Weightlifting. He won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014 with new games record and in Malayasia in 2013 and in Western Samoa in 2012.

-Bajrang received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Weightlifting.

-Babita Kumari received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Wrestling. She won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014.

-Y Sanathoi Devi received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Wushu.

-Sharath M Gayakwad received the Arjuna Award for excellence in Para-Swimming.

-Romeo James received the Dhyan Chand Award for achievements and contribution to Hockey.

-Shiv Prakash Misra received the Dhyan Chand Award for achievements and contribution to Tennis.

-TP Padmanabhan Nair received the Dhyan Chand Award for achievements and contribution to Volleyball.

-Arunima Sinha received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. She scaled Mt Everest on May 21, 2013 becoming the first woman amputee to scale the world’s highest peak. She has also received the Padma Shri Award.

-Jot Singh received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. He has dislayed sustained performance in the field of mountaineering.

-Wg Cdr Paramvir Singh received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. He has achieved excellence in the field of aqua sport.

-Lt Col Satyendra Verma (Retd) has researched and trained in Unique Adventure project in Skydiving, BASE jumping and Wingsuit Flying and performed them safely.

(With Agency Inputs)

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