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National Sports Awards 2023- Know the Names of 42 Recipients

Last updated on January 10th, 2024 at 04:29 pm

National Sports Awards 2023: This year, a total of 42 National Sports was awarded, encompassing athletes, coaches, and universities. The prestigious accolades include 2 Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awards 2023, 26 Arjuna Awards 2023, 8 Dronacharya Awards 2023, 3 Dhyan Chand Awards 2023, and 3 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophies 2023 for Universities.

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National Sports Awards 2023

National Sports Awards 2023

2023 National Sport Award in India: The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports officially announced the recipients of the National Sports Awards 2023 on December 20, 2023. The award ceremony took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 9, 2024, where the President of India conferred honors upon the awardees.

The Government compiled the final list of awardees based on the committee’s recommendations, as detailed in a Ministry press release. This selection process involved a thorough evaluation and recommendations by a Committee chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Justice A.M. Khanwilkar.

The President conferred the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2023 upon two sportspersons.

Additionally, 26 athletes was awarded with Arjuna Award for their performances in Sports and Games throughout 2023.

Furthermore, five coaches in Sports and Games was acknowledged with the Dronacharya Award for their contributions.

List of the National Sports Awards 2023

2023 National Award Winners List: The government has chosen to recognize various players, coaches, and institutions with National sports awards 2023, as suggested by the Committee.

These prestigious National Sports Awards, held every year, offer an important platform to acknowledge and celebrate contributions and performances in the field of sports. For the recipients, please refer to the tables below.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2023

The ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ is given to an athlete who has demonstrated exceptional performance in the field of sports during the past four years. It acknowledges their outstanding achievements and brilliance in their respective sport.

This year, two deserving players will be honored with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna National Sports Awards 2023.

S. NoSportspersonDisciplineGender
1.Shri Chirag Chandrashekhar ShettyBadmintonMale
2.Shri Rankireddy Satwik Sai RajBadmintonMale

Arjuna Awards 2023 Winners List

This year, a total of 26 athletes will be recognized and honored with the Arjuna National Sports Awards 2023. The Arjuna Award is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed good performance in sports and games over the past four years.

In addition to their outstanding achievements, these sportsperson have also showed qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, and discipline.

S. NoSportspersonDisciplineGender
1Ojas Pravin DeotaleArcheryMale
2Aditi SwamiArcheryFemale
3Murali SreeshankarAthleticsMale
4Parul ChaudharyAthleticsFemale
5Mohammad HussamuddinBoxingMale
6R VaishaliChessFemale
7Mohammed ShamiCricketMale
8Anush AgarwallaEquestrianMale
9Divyakriti SinghEquestrianFemale
10Diksha DagarGolfFemale
11Krishan PathakHockeyMale
12Sushila ChanuHockeyFemale
13Pawan SehrawatKabaddiMale
14Ritu NegiKabaddiFemale
15Nasreen ShaikhKho KhoFemale
16Pinki SinghLawn BowlsFemale
17Aishwary Pratap Singh TomarShootingMale
18Esha SinghShootingFemale
19Harinder Pal SandhuSquashMale
20Ayhika MukherjeeTable TennisFemale
21Sunil KumarWrestlingMale
22Antim PanghalWrestlingFemale
23Naorem Roshibina DeviWushuFemale
24Sheetal DeviArchery (Para)Female
25Ajay Kumar ReddyCricket (Para)Male
26Prachi YadavCanoeing (Para)Female

Dronacharya Award 2023

The ‘Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games’ has two categories – the regular award and the lifetime achievement award – each highlighting different aspects of a coach’s career.

i) The regular award is given to coaches who have consistently shown excellent performance over the past four years. It recognizes their ongoing efforts in helping athletes succeed at the international level.

ii) On the other hand, the lifetime achievement award is for coaches whose impact has been lasting for 20 years or more. This award specifically looks at the coach’s role in developing exceptional athletes throughout their extensive coaching career.

This year, eight coaches will be receiving this Dronacharya National Sports Awards 2023.

i) Dronacharya Award 2023 Regular Category:

S.NoCoach NameDiscipline
 1Shri Lalit KumarWrestling
 2Shri R. B. RameshChess
 3Shri Mahaveer Prasad SainiPara Athletics
 4Shri Shivendra SinghHockey
 5Shri Ganesh Prabhakar DevrukhkarMallakhamb

ii) Dronacharya Award 2023 Lifetime Category

S. NoCoach NameDispline
 1Shri Jaskirat Singh GrewalGolf
 2Shri Bhaskaran EKabaddi
 3Shri Jayanta Kumar PushilalTable Tennis

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement 2023

The ‘Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games’ is given to acknowledge athletes who have made contributions to sports through their performance and still work towards promoting sports events even after retiring.

This year, three players will be receiving this Dhyan Chand National sports awards 2023.

S. No.SportspersonDiscipline
 1Ms Manjusha KanwarBadminton
 2Shri Vineet Kumar SharmaHockey
 3Ms Kavitha SelvarajKabaddi

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2023

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy is bestowed upon the university with the highest performance in inter-university tournaments.

This year, three institutions will receive this MAKA National sports awards 2023 in recognition of their achievements.

S. NoUniversityResult
1.Guru Nanak Dev University, AmritsarOverall winner university
2.Lovely Professional University, Punjab1st runner up University
3.Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra2nd runner up University

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National Sports Awards 2023 FAQs

1. Which is the highest sports award in India?

The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is conferred the highest sports award in India.

2. How many sportsperson got Arjuna award 2023?

A total of 26 athletes will be honored with the Arjuna Award 2023.

3. Which cricketer got the arjuna award in 2023 national sports awards?

Mohammed Shami will be conferred with the Arjuna Award 2023 National Sports Awards.

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