As the world's biggest sporting extravaganza comes to an end, the government of India announced the National Sports Awards 2016.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has released a list of sportspersons and coaches who will be awarded for their spectacular contribution in the field of sports.
The awardees will receive the honours from the President of India at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2016.
Here is the full list:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
It is considered to be the highest sporting award in the country. The awardees receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each. It is the for the first time ever that the government will confer this award to four athletes.
The winners are:
PV Sindhu - Badminton
Sakshi Malik - Wrestling
While India's favourite male wrestling stars failed to make any mark in this year's Games, Sakshi Malik, a young girl from Haryana, won the nation's hearts with her bronze.
Jitu Rai - Shooting
Although he wasn't quite lucky at the Games, the ace shooter of Nepalese origin has had a wonderful stint in major tournaments like World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Dipa Karmakar - Gymnastics
Here is the list:
Nagapuri Ramesh - Athletics
Sagar Mal Dhayal - Boxing
Raj Kumar Sharma - Cricket
Bishweshwar Nandi - Gymnastics
S. Pradeep Kumar - Swimming (Lifetime)
Mahabir Singh - Wrestling (Lifetime)
Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years. The awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
Here is the list:
Rajat Chauhan - Archery
Lalita Babar - Athletics
Sourav Kothari - Billiards & Snooker
Shiva Thapa - Boxing
Ajinkya Rahane - Cricket
Subrata Paul - Football
Rani - Hockey
Raghunath V.R.- Hockey
Gurpreet Singh - Shooting
Apurvi Chandela - Shooting
Soumyajit Ghosh - Table Tennis
Vinesh - Wrestling
Amit Kumar - Wrestling
Sandeep Singh Mann - Para-Athletics
Virender Singh - Wrestling (Deaf)
Dhyan Chand Award
It is India's highest award for lifetime contribution to sports development. The awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
Satti Geetha - Athletics
Sylvanus Dung Dung - Hockey
Rajendra Pralhad Shelke - Rowing
(With inputs from Press Information Bureau)