Dhyan Chand Award (2023 Updated)

Dhyan Chand Award

Last Updated: 28 January 2023

The Major Dhyan Chand Award officially known as Major Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports & Games is the Lifetime Achievement Sporting Honor of the Republic of India.

The award is named after Hockey Wizard Major Dhyan Chand (1905–1979), an Indian legendary field hockey player who scored more than 1000 international goals during a career that spanned over 20 years from 1926 to 1948.

Dhyan Chand Award is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The Recipients of the Dhyan Chand Award are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honored for their contributions to sport both during their active sporting career and after retirement.

Not to be confused with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

Dhyan Chand Award At A Glance


No.HeaderDetails
1Awarded ForLifetime Achievement Sporting Honour in India
2Sponsored ByGovernment of India
3Reward₹10 lakh (US$12,000)
4First Awarded2002
5Last Awarded2022
6Total Awarded84 Award
7First Recipients1) Shahuraj Birajdar
2) Ashok Diwan
3) Aparna Ghosh
8Last Recipients1) Ashwini Akkunji
2) Dharamvir Singh
3) B.C. Suresh
4) Nir Bahadur Gurung

Points For Winning Medals During Entire Career


#EventGoldSilverBronze
1Olympic Games/Paralympic Games807055
2World Championship/World Cup403020
3Asian Games302520
4Commonwealth Games252015

Related: List Of Dronacharya Award Recipients (1985-2023)


Facts About Dhyan Chand Award


  • Dhyan Chand Award was instituted in 2002.
  • As of 2022, the award comprises a Statuette, a Certificate, a Ceremonial Dress, and a Cash Prize of ₹10 lakh (US$12,000).
  • The award is given only to the disciplines included in the events like Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championship, and World Cup along with Cricket, Indigenous Games, and Parasports.
  • The nominations for a given year are accepted till 30th April or the last working day of April.
  • A nine-member committee evaluates the nominations and submits their recommendations to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for further approval.
  • Usually conferred upon not more than three sportspersons in a year, a few exceptions have been made (2003, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, & 2022) when more recipients were awarded.
  • 15 recipients received the Dhyana Chand Award in 2020 out of which 2 were Para-Athletes.

List Of Dhyan Chand Award


§Indicates Para Sport

2002


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Shahuraj BirajdarBoxing
2Ashok DiwanHockey
3Aparna GhoshBasketball

2003


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Charles CorneliusHockey
2Ram KumarBasketball
3Dharam SinghHockey
4Om PrakashVolleyball
5Smita Shirole YadavRowing

2004


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Digamber MehendaleAthletics§
2Hardayal SinghHockey
3Labh SinghAthletics

2005


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Maruti ManeWrestling
2Manoj Kumar KothariBilliards & Snooker
3Rajinder SinghHockey

2006


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Harishchandra BirajdarWrestling
2Uday K. PrabhuAthletics
3Nandy SinghHockey

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2007


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Rajinder SinghWrestling
2Shamsher SinghKabaddi
3Varinder SinghHockey

2008


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Gian SinghWrestling
2Hakam SinghAthletics
3Mukhbain SinghHockey

2009


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Satbir Singh DahiyaWrestling
2Ishar Singh DeolAthletics

2010


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Anita ChanuWeightlifting
2Satish PillaiAthletics
3Kuldeep SinghWrestling

2011


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Shabbir AliFootball
2Sushil KohliSwimming
3Rajkumar BaislaWrestling

2012


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Gundeep KumarHockey
2Vinod KumarWrestling
3Jagraj Singh MannAthletics
4Sukhbir Singh TokasAthletics§

Related: List Of Arjuna Award Recipients (1961–2023)


2013


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Syed AliHockey
2Anil MannWrestling
3Mary D’Souza SequeiraAthletics
4Girraj SinghAthletics§

2014


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Zeeshan AliTennis
2Gurmail SinghHockey
3K. P. ThakkarSwimming

2015


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Romeo JamesHockey
2Shiv Prakash MishraTennis
3T. P. Padmanabhan NairVolleyball

2016


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Sylvanus Dung DungHockey
2Sathi GeethaAthletics
3Rajendra Pralhad ShelkeRowing

2017


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Bhupender SinghAthletics
2Syed Shahid HakimFootball
3Sumrai TeteHockey

Related: Bharat Ratna Award List In India (1954-2023)


2018


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Satyadev PrasadArchery
2Bharat ChettriHockey
3Bobby AloysiusAthletics
4Dadu Dattatray ChougaleWrestling

2019


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Manuel FrederickHockey
2Arup BasakTable Tennis
3Manoj KumarWrestling
4Nitin KirtaneTennis
5C. LalremsangaArchery

2020


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Kuldip Singh BhullarAthletics
2Jincy PhilipsAthletics
3Pradeep Shrikrishna GandheBadminton
4Trupti MurgundeBadminton
5N. UshaBoxing
6Lakha SinghBoxing
7Sukhvinder Singh SandhuFootball
8Ajit Pal SinghHockey
9Manpreet SinghKabaddi
10J. Ranjith KumarPara Athletics§
11Satyaprakash TiwariBadminton§
12Manjeet SinghRowing
13Sachin NagSwimming
14Nandan P. BalTennis
15Netarpal HoodaWrestling

2021


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Lekha K.C.Boxing
2Abhijit KunteChess
3Davinder SinghHockey
4Vikas KumarKabaddi
5Sajan SinghWrestling

2022


No.RecipientsDisciplines
1Ashwini AkkunjiAthletics
2Dharamvir SinghHockey
3B.C. SureshKabaddi
4Nir Bahadur GurungAthletics§
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