Winning a National Sports Award is considered to be the pinnacle in a sportsperson’s career. The National Award Selection Committee met on August 17th and 18th to finalize the list of recommendations.
The Committee included sporting legends like Virendra Sehwag, Sardar Singh, Deepa Malik, etc. But the Retired Justice Mukundakam Sharma-led selection panel had recommended a tally of 73 awardees to the Sports Ministry.
The ceremony would be held in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi, on August 29. But given the strict and sensitive conditions, the ceremony would be held virtually. All the winners would be announced by the President Ram Nath Kovind.
List of National Sports Awards 2020
The Selection Committee selected 5 recommendations for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. While 27 for the Arjuna Award and 15 sportspersons for Dhyanchan Award.
8 coaches have been chosen the Dronacharya award in lifetime category and 5 coaches will be honoured with the Dronacharya Award. This is only the 2nd time where more than 4 sportspersons are being honoured with Khel Ratna.
Sports minister Kiren Rijiju’s office took his Twitter handle to post the final list of awardees who won the National Sports Award this year. He tweeted, “The Government has announced the final list of awardees of the National Sports Awards 2020. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju extends his heartiest congratulations to all winners. Their contribution to Indian Sport will go a long way in making India a Sporting Superpower.”
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