List Of Dronacharya Award Recipients (1985-2022)

Dronacharya Award Recipients

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

Before you read the list of Dronacharya Award Recipients, let’s have a quick intro about this Award.

The Dronacharya Award is the Sports Coaching Honor of the Republic of India awarded to Outstanding Coaches for their mentoring in Sports and Games.

The award is named after Drona, often referred to as “Dronacharya” or “Guru Drona”, a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata of ancient India. He was the master of advanced military warfare and was appointed as the royal preceptor to the Kaurava and the Pandava princes for their training in military arts and astras (Divine weapons).

Dronacharya Award is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Recipients of the award are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honored to have done “Outstanding and Meritorious work on a Consistent Basis and enabled Sportspersons to excel in International Events” over a period of four years.

The first Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 & 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.

Interesting Facts About Dronacharya Award


  • Two awards are designated for this award, one Normal and the other Lifetime. Lifetime Recipients are those whose contribution in coaching where the achievements in producing “Outstanding Sportspersons” over a period of 20 years or more are considered.
  • The nominations for a given year are accepted till 30 April or last working day of April. A ten-member committee evaluates the nominations and later submits their recommendations to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for further approval.
  • The Award comprises a Bronze Statuette of Dronacharya, a Certificate, Ceremonial Dress, and a Cash Prize of ₹15 lakh (US$20,000).
  • The first recipients of the award were Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat (Wrestling), Om Prakash Bhardwaj (Boxing), and O. M. Nambiar (Athletics), who were honoured in 1985.
  • Usually conferred upon not more than five coaches in a year, a few exceptions have been made (2012 and 2016 to 2021) when more recipients were awarded in a year.
  • The previous award recipients of Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, and Dhyan Chand Award can also nominate one coach for the discipline for which they themselves were awarded.
  • For a given discipline, not more than two coaches, one Male and one Female, are given highest marks.
  • The Selection Committee may not recommend the award to the coach with the highest marks across disciplines but can only recommend the recipient of the highest aggregate marks in a particular sports discipline.

Points given to Coach for Winning Medals by their Trainee during the last Four Years


No.EventGoldSilverBronze
1Olympic Games/Paralympic Games807055
2World Championship/World Cup403020
3Asian Games302520
4Commonwealth Games252015
§” Indicates Para Sport
“#” Indicates A Posthumous Honour
“LR” Indicates Lifetime Recipients

Dronacharya Award Recipients (2020-2029)


2021


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Pritam Rani SiwachHockey
2Radhakrishnan Nair PAthletics
3Sandhya GurungBoxing
4Prakash NautiyalShooting§
5Subramanian RamanTable Tennis
6T. P. Ouseph[LR]Athletics
7Sarkar Talwar[LR]Cricket
8Sarpal Singh[LR]Hockey
9Ashan Kumar[LR]Kabaddi
10Tapan Kumar Panigrahi[LR]Swimming

2020


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Jude SebastianHockey
2Yogesh MalviyaMallakhamb
3Jaspal RanaShooting
4Kuldeep Kumar HandooWushu
5Gaurav KhannaBadminton§
6Dharmendra Tiwary[LR]Archery
7Purushotham Rai[LR]Athletics
8Shiv Singh[LR]Boxing
9Romesh Pathania[LR]Hockey
10Krishan Kumar Hooda[LR]Kabaddi
11Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar[LR]Powerlifting§
12Naresh Kumar[LR]Tennis
13Om Parkash Dahiya[LR]Wrestling

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Dronacharya Award Recipients (2010-2019)


2019


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Mohinder Singh DhillonAthletics
2U. Vimal KumarBadminton
3Sandip GuptaTable Tennis
4Rambir Singh Khokar[LR]Kabaddi
5Sanjay Bhardwaj[LR]Cricket
6Merzban Patel[LR]Hockey

2018


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Subedar Chenanda Achaiah KuttappaBoxing
2Vijay SharmaWeightlifting
3A. Srinivasa RaoTable Tennis
4Sukhdev Singh PannuAthletics
5Clarence Lobo[LR]Hockey
6Tarak Sinha[LR]Cricket
7Jiwan Kumar Sharma[LR]Judo
8V. R. Beedu[LR]Athletics

2017


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1R. Gandhi#Athletics
2Heera Nand KatariaKabaddi
3G. S. S. V. Prasad[LR]Badminton
4Brij Bhushan Mohanty[LR]Boxing
5P. A. Raphel[LR]Hockey
6Sanjoy Chakraverty[LR]Shooting
7Roshan Lal[LR]Wrestling

2016


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Sagar Mal DhayalBoxing
2Bishweshwar NandiGymnastics
3Nagapuri RameshAthletics
4Rajkumar SharmaCricket
5S. Pradeep Kumar[LR]Swimming
6Mahavir Singh Phogat[LR]Wrestling

2015


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Anoop Singh DahiyaWrestling
2Naval SinghAthletics§
3Nihar Ameen[LR]Swimming
4Harbans Singh[LR]Athletics
5Swatantar Raj Singh[LR]Boxing

2014


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Mahabir PrasadWrestling
2Gurcharan Gogi[LR]Judo
3Jose Jacob[LR]Rowing
4N. Lingappa[LR]Athletics
5Ganapathy Manoharan[LR]Boxing

2013


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Purnima MahatoArchery
2Narender Singh SainiHockey
3Mahavir SinghBoxing
4Raj Singh[LR]Wrestling
5K. P. Thomas[LR]Athletics

2012


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Sunil DabasKabaddi
2B. I. FernandezBoxing
3Virender PooniaAthletics
4Satyapal SinghAthletics§
5Harendra SinghHockey
6Yashvir SinghWrestling
7Jasvinder Singh Bhatia[LR]Athletics
8Bhawani Mukherjee[LR]Table Tennis

2011


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Devender Kumar RathoreGymnastics
2RamphalWrestling
3Inukurthi Venkateshwara RoyBoxing
4Kuntal Kumar Roy[LR]Athletics
5Rajinder Singh Jr.[LR]Hockey

2010


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Subhash AgarwalBilliards & Snooker
2Ajay Kumar BansalHockey
3Captain ChandrupWrestling
4A. K. KuttyAthletics
5L Ibomcha SinghBoxing

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Dronacharya Award Recipients (2000-2009)


2009


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Jaydev BishtBoxing
2Pullela GopichandBadminton
3S. Baldev SinghHockey
4Satpal SinghWrestling

2008


No Award

2007


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Jagdish SinghBoxing
2Jagminder SinghWrestling
3Sanjeeva Kumar SinghArchery
4G. E. SridharanVolleyball

2006


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Koneru AshokChess
2Damodaran ChandralalBoxing
3R. D. SinghAthletics

2005


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Ismail BaigRowing
2Maha Singh RaoWrestling
3Balwan SinghKabaddi
4M. VenuBoxing

2004


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Cyrus PonchaSquash
2Arvind SavurBilliards & Snooker
3Sunita SharmaCricket

2003


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Sukhchain Singh CheemaWrestling
2Robert Bobby GeorgeAthletics
3Anoop KumarBoxing
4Rajinder Singh Jr.Hockey

2002


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Maharaj Krishan KaushikHockey
2Renu KohliAthletics
3Homi MotivalaYachting
4E. Prasad RaoKabaddi
5Jaswant SinghAthletics

2001


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Michael FerreiraBilliards & Snooker
2Sunny ThomasShooting

2000


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1S. M. ArifBadminton
2Gudial Singh BhanguHockey
3Bhupender DhawanPowerlifting
4Gopal Purushottam PhadkeKho kho
5Hansa SharmaWeightlifting

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Dronacharya Award Recipients (1990-1999)


1999


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Kenneth Owen BosenAthletics
2Hawa Singh#Boxing
3Ajay Kumar SirohiWeightlifting

1998


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1G. S. SandhuBoxing
2Hargobind Singh SandhuAthletics
3Bahadur Singh ChouhanAthletics

1997


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Joginder Singh SainiAthletics

1996


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Wilson JonesBilliards & Snooker
2Pal Singh SandhuWeightlifting

1995


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Shyam Sunder RaoVolleyball
2Karan SinghAthletics

1994


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Ilyas BabarAthletics

1993


No Award

1992


No Award

1991


No Award

1990


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Ramakant AchrekarCricket
2Syed NaeemuddinFootball
3A. Ramana RaoVolleyball

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Dronacharya Award Recipients (1985-1989)


1989


No Award

1988


No Award

1987


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Guru HanumanWrestling
2Gurcharan SinghCricket

1986


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Desh Prem AzadCricket
2Raghunandan Vasant GokhleChess

1985


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Bhalachandra Bhaskar BhagwatWrestling
2Om Prakash BhardwajBoxing
3O. M. NambiarAthletics
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