Sports Ministry Invites Online Applications For National Sports Awards
Amid the extended coronavirus lockdown, the Sports Ministry has begun the process of accepting nominations for this year’s national sports awards. The aspirants need to e-mail their names for various honours such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
Usually, the nomination process used to begins in April. However, due to coronavirus outbreak was pushed to this month.
The circular by the ministry said, “Due to lockdown on account of the outbreak of COVID-19, hard copies of nominations are not required to be sent. Scanned copies of nominations duly signed by the applicant and recommending authority may be sent before the last date of submission.”
The circular also said that the last date for filing nominations is June 3, and no other applications will be accepted after the last date.
Taking the incidents of doping in consideration, the ministry also stated: “Sportspersons who have been penalized or against whom the inquiry is pending/ongoing for the use of drugs/substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) based on a sample collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)…Will not be eligible for the Award.”
Honours Covered Under National Sports Awards
Based on various achievements in different fields, national sports awards cover multiple aspects.
Athletes, for instance, can give their nominations for Arjuna and Khel Ratna, which is the country’s highest sporting honour. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna comes with prize money of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna awardees are presented with Rs. 5 lakh.
For this year, the performance from January 2016 to December 2019 will be taken into consideration for Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards.
For lifetime achievements, sports players are honoured with the Dhyan Chand award. Another prestigious award, the Dronacharya award, is given for excellence in coaching.
Last year, Paralympian Deepa Malik and wrestler Bajrang Punia shared the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
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