With an aim to avoid controversy on giving away sports awards, the government on Monday decided to grant 90% weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.
The sports ministry said in a release said that the weightage will be given by the selection committee for assessment of the eligible sportsperson/coach, keeping in view factors like profile and standard of sports event in which the medal has been won.
Last month, the sports ministry had approved similar criteria for conferring Arjuna Awards.
The ministry also issued guidelines on awarding coaches under whom the medal winning sportspersons got training.
"Marking criteria will not apply for the two awards to be given for lifetime contribution in coaching. Selection committee will give its recommendations for such two coaches taking into consideration the contribution made by them over a period of 20 years or more in terms of producing outstanding sportspersons," the release stated.
"The criteria includes marks for assessment for contribution made for promotion of sports after retirement for active sports career and for qualities like sportsmanship, leadership and sense of discipline.
"Except for life-time achievement awards, points for winning medals will be given to each eligible sportsperson for his/her performance during the last four years. Equivalence of any other sports discipline/tournament will be decided by the selection committee and the points will be allotted accordingly," the release added.