India shining: Khel Ratna to Narang, Arjuna award for Zaheer

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Zaheer Khan and Gagan Narang
New Delhi, Aug 29: Monday, Aug 29 will be marked as one of the memorable days for several sports stars of the country as they have been conferred with top sports awards on the day. Ace shooter Gagan Narang and cricketer Zaheer Khan are two of the prominent stars in the list. While Narang bagged Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award has been conferred to cricketer Zaheer Khan.

Tennis star, Somdev Devvarman; footballer, Sunil Chetri; Fly weight boxer, Suranjoy Singh; India's first woman world champion, Tejaswini Sawant are some of the few names who have been facilitated with top sports awards.

All the sports persons received the awards from President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. However Zaheer Khan, the second cricketer who was nominated for the award after Gautam Gambhir, and Somdev Devvarman were not present to receive the awards personally.

Sports persons who get Arjuna Award:

  • Zaheer Khan (Cricket)
  • Rahul Banerjee (Archery)
  • Preeja Sreedharan (Athletics)
  • Vikas Gowda (Athletics)
  • Jwala Gutta (Badminton)
  • Suranjoy Singh (Boxing)
  • Sunil Chhetri (Football)
  • Rakesh Kumar (Kabaddi)
  • Rajpal Singh (Hockey)
  • Virdhawal Khade (Swimming)
  • Tejaswini Sawant (Shooting)
  • Ashish Kumar (Gymnastics)
  • Somdev Devvarman (Tennis)
  • Ravinder Singh (Wrestling)
  • Ravi Kumar (Weightlifting)
  • Wangkhem Sandhya Rani Devi (Wushu)
  • Prasanta Karmakar (Swimming)
  • Sanjay Kumar (Volleyball)
  • Rakesh Kumar (Kabaddi)
  • Tejaswini (Kabaddi)
  • Dronacharya Awards:
  • Inukurthi Venkateshwara Rao (Boxing)
  • Devender Kumar Rathore (Gymnastics)
  • Ramphal (Wrestling)
  • Kuntal Roy (Athletics)
  • Rajinder Singh (Hockey)


Dhyan Chand Awards for 2010-2011:

  • Shabbir Ali (Football)
  • Sushil Kohli (Swimming)
  • Rajkumar (Wrestling)


National Sports Encouragement Award:

  • Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (Financial Support for Sports)
  • N Ramchandran, India Cements


Tenzing Norgay National Bravery Award:

  • Reena Shaktu (Land Adventure)
  • Mamta Sodha (Land Adventure)
  • Commander Dileep Donde (Water Adventure)
  • Late Retired Col Balwant Singh Sandhu (Land Adventure)

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