List of sports persons nominated for awards

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List of Arjuna, Drona, Khel Ratna awardees
New Delhi, Jul 21: The Sports Ministry has released the list of sports personalities who will be honored this year with Arjuna, Drona and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.

The list of sports persons nominated for awards are:

For Rajiv Khel Ratna:

  • MC Marykom (Boxer)
  • Vijender Kumar (Boxer)
  • Sushil Kumar (Wrestling)

For Arjuna Award:

  • Mangal Singh Champia (Archery)
  • Sinimol Paulose (Athletics)
  • Saina Nehwal (Badminton)
  • L Saritha Devi (Boxing)
  • Tania Sachdeva (Chess)
  • Gautam Gambhir (Cricket)
  • Ignatius Tirkey (Hockey)
  • Surinder Kaur (Hockey)
  • Pankaj Shirsat (Kabaddi)
  • B Prabhu (Badminton-Physically Challenged)
  • Satish Joshi (Rowing)
  • Ranjan Sodhi (Shooting)
  • Poulami Ghatak (Table Tennis)
  • Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling)
  • G L Yadav (Yachting)

For the Dronacharya Award:

  • Baldev Singh (Hockey)
  • Jaidev Bisht (Boxing)
  • Satpal (Wrestling)
  • Pullela Gopichand (Badminton)
  • Udaikumar (Kabaddi)

The list has not only set a new record for naming three sports persons for the country's highest sporting award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, it has made the sports circuit very happy by naming Mary Kom as one of the nominees.

Also in the list are sports persons like Saina Nehwal, Sushil Kumar and Vijendra Kumar who are among those who have made India proud in high level international tournaments.

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