Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award (2022 Updated)

Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

Last Updated: 3 January 2022

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, is the highest Sporting Honor of the Republic of India.

It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. The Award was established in 1992 and Viswanathan Anand, Chess Grandmaster was the first recipient.

The recipients are selected by a Committee constituted by the Ministry and are honored for their “Spectacular And Most Outstanding Performance In The Field Of Sports Over A Period Of Four Years” at the International level.

As of 2021, the award comprises a Medallion, a Certificate, and a Cash Prize of ₹25 Lakh (US$35,000)

Interesting Facts About Khel Ratna Award


  • The Awards were always awarded in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India.
  • Khel Ratna Award is presented by the President of India.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award was awarded from 1992 until 2020, from 2021 the award will be known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
  • A total of 57 recipients have received the award by 2021.
  • In 2014 the Award Selection Committee provided suggestions to the Ministry and revised the criteria in February 2015 to consider the performance over a period of four years.
  • From 6th August 2021 the award is named after Major Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian Field Hockey Player, widely regarded as one of the Greatest Field Hockey Players of all time.
  • Major Dhyan Chand scored more than 1000 Goals over a career span of 22 years from 1926 to 1948.
  • In 2001, Sports Shooter Abhinav Bindra, then aged 18, became the youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
  • Pankaj Advani is the only sportsperson to have won the award for two sports disciplines; Billiards and Snooker.
  • Usually only one Sportsperson is Awarded in a year, a few exceptions have been made (1993–1994, 2002, 2009, 2012, and 2016–2021) when multiple recipients were awarded in a year.

Points For Winning Medals During The Last 4 Years


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

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award


2021


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Neeraj ChopraAthletics
2Ravi Kumar DahiyaFreestyle Wrestling
3Lovlina BorgohainBoxing
4P. R. SreejeshHockey
5Avani LekharaParalympic Shooting
6Sumit AntilPara-Athletics
7Pramod BhagatPara-Badminton
8Krishna NagarPara-Badminton
9Manish NarwalParalympic Shooting
10Mithali RajCricket
11Sunil ChhetriFootball
12Manpreet SinghHockey

2020


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Rohit SharmaCricket
2Mariyappan ThangaveluParalympic High Jump
3Manika BatraTable Tennis
4Vinesh PhogatFreestyle Wrestling
5Rani RampalHockey

2019


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Deepa MalikParalympic Shot Put
2Bajrang PuniaFreestyle Wrestling

2018


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Saikhom Mirabai ChanuWeightlifting
2Virat KohliCricket

2017


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Devendra JhajhariaParalympic Javelin
2Sardara SinghHockey

2016


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1P. V. SindhuBadminton
2Dipa KarmakarGymnastics
3Jitu RaiShooting
4Sakshi MalikFreestyle Wrestling

2015


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Sania MirzaTennis

2014


No Award

2013


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Ronjan SodhiShooting

2012


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Vijay KumarShooting
2Yogeshwar DuttFreestyle Wrestling

2011


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Gagan NarangShooting

2010


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Saina NehwalBadminton

2009


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Mary KomBoxing
2Vijender SinghBoxing
3Sushil KumarFreestyle Wrestling

2008


No Award

2007


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Mahendra Singh DhoniCricket

2006


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Manavjit Singh SandhuShooting

2005


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Pankaj AdvaniBilliards & Snooker

2004


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreShooting

2003


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Anju Bobby GeorgeAthletics

2002


No. Recipients Discipline
1K. M. BeenamolAthletics
2Anjali BhagwatShooting

2001


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Abhinav BindraShooting

2000–2001


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Pullela GopichandBadminton

1999–2000


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Dhanraj PillayHockey

1998–1999


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Jyotirmoyee SikdarAthletics

1997–1998


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Sachin TendulkarCricket

1996–1997


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Leander PaesTennis

1995–1996


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Nameirakpam KunjaraniWeightlifting

1994–1995


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Karnam MalleswariWeightlifting

1993–1994


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Pushpendra Kumar GargYachting

1993–1994


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Homi MotivalaYachting

1992–1993


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Geet SethiBilliards

1991–1992


No.RecipientsDiscipline
1Viswanathan AnandChess

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award started in which year?

Answer: 1992

2. When was Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award?

Answer: 6th August 2021

3. Who is the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award?

Answer: Viswanathan Anand

4. Who is the only Sportsperson to have won the award for two sports disciplines?

Answer: Pankaj Advani (Billiards and Snooker)

5. Who is the Youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award?

Answer: Abhinav Bindra (18 Years in 2001)

6. In which year the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award was awarded the highest?

Answer: 2021 (12 Recipients)

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