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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Posted on: November 3, 2009

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports. The words “Khel Ratna” literally translate to “Sports Gem” in Hindi. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. As of 2004-05, when the award was last bestowed, the cash component stands at Rs. 500,000/- (c.11,500 USD).The money has been increased from Rs500,000 to Rs750,000.[1

List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees

S.No. Year Name of the Sportsperson(s) Sport Discipline
01 1991-92 Viswanathan Anand Chess
02 1992-93 Geet Sethi Billiards
03 1993-94 Not Conferred*
04 1994-95 Cdr. Homi D. Motivala and Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg Yachting (Team Event)
05 1995-96 Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting
06 1996-97 Leander Paes and Nameirakpam Kunjarani (Joint) Tennis and Weightlifting respectively
07 1997-98 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket
08 1998-99 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Athletics
09 1999-2000 Dhanraj Pillay Hockey
10 2000-01 Pullela Gopichand Badminton
11 2001-02 Abhinav Bindra Shooting
12 2002-03 Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat and K. M. Beenamol (Joint) Shooting and Athletics respectively
13 2003-04 Anju Bobby George Athletics
14 2004-05 Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Shooting
15 2005-06 Pankaj Advani Billiards and Snooker
16 2006-07 Manavjit Singh Sandhu Shooting
17 2007-08 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket
18 2008-09 Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Vijender Kumar Boxing, Wrestling, Boxing
  • The award was not conferred upon any sportsperson or team in the year 1993-94.
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