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National Sports Awards highlights: India’s sporting best honoured in virtual ceremony

National Sports Awards Ceremony highlights: The award winners were connected virtually to President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan from nine different Sports Authority of India-designated locations.

By hindustantimes.com | Aug 29, 2020 12:17 IST

National Sports Awards Ceremony highlights: The award winners were connected virtually to President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan from nine different Sports Authority of India-designated locations. An unprecedented five India athletes – cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, para athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, and paddler Manika Batra – were virtually conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

Follow National Sports Awards highlights:

12:04 hrs IST

President hails women athletes

President Ram Nath Kovind pointed out that three - hockey player Rani Rampal, paddler Manika Batra and wrestler Vinesh Phogat - out of the five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winners are female athletes.

11:58 hrs IST

President addresses winners

President Ram Nath Kovind is currently addressing the winners in various category. He congratulates all the athletes, coaches and sports association for their tireless efforts in taking Indian sports forward.

11:50 hrs IST

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy

Punjab University has been awarded the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy.

11:46 hrs IST

Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award!

Col. Sarfraz Singh, Taka Tamut, Late Maagan Bissa, Asnita Devi, Keval Hiren Kakka and Satendra Singh being awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

11:38 hrs IST

Manpreet Singh gets Dhyan Chand award

Kuldip Singh Bhullar (Athletics), Trupti Murgunde (Badminton), N. Usha (Boxing), Ajit Singh (Hockey), Manpreet Singh (Kabaddi), J. Ranjith Kumar (Para Athletics), Satyaprakash Tiwari (Para Badminton), Manjeet Singh (Rowing), Late Shri Sachin Nag (Swimming), Nandan P Bal (Tennis), Netarpal Hooda (Wrestling), Lakha Singh (Boxing), Sukhvinder Singh Sandhu (Football), Jincy Philips (Athletics), Pradeep Shrikrishna Gandhe (Badminton)

11:33 hrs IST

Dhyan Chand award

The Dhyan Chand award is now being conferred. This is the third award category after the Dronacharya award for life time achievement and the Arjuna awards.

11:29 hrs IST

Dutee Chand gets Arjuna

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been awarded the Arjuna Award. Sawant Ajay Anant (Equestrian), Sandesh Jhingan (Football), Aditi Ashok (Golf), Akashdeep Singh (Hockey), Deepika (Hockey), Deepak (Kabaddi), Kale Sarika Sudhakar (Kho Kho), Divya Kakran (Wrestling), Rahul Aware (Wrestling), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (Para Swimming), Sandeep Para (Athletics) Manish Narwal (Para Shooting) also conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award.

11:26 hrs IST

Manu Bhaker gets Arjuna

India shooter Manu Bhaker is being conferred with the Arjuna Award. The other prominent athletes to get the Arjuna Award currently is Dattu Baban Bhokanal (Rowing), Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting), Divij Sharan (Tennis), Madhurika Suhas Patkar (Table Tennis).

11:20 hrs IST

Arjuna awards being presented

The Arjuna Award is being presented after the Dronacharya in life time category. The first ones to be conferred with it are Dutee Chand (Athletics), Atanu Das (Archery), Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty (Badminton), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Basketball), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Subedar Manish Kaushik (Boxing) Ishant Sharma (Cricket), Deepti Sharma (Cricket).

11:10 hrs IST

Dronacharya award

Dronacharya Award in Lifetime category has been awarded to Dharmendra Tiwary (Archery), Purushotham Rai (Athletics), Shiv Singh (Boxing), Romesh Pathania (Hockey), Krishan Kumar Hooda (Kabaddi), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (Para Powerlifting), Naresh Kumar (Tennis), Om Parkash Dahiya (Wrestling).

11:05 hrs IST

Khel Ratna awards

Cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, para athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, and paddler Manika Batra virtually conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

10:58 hrs IST

The locations

The nine SAI designated centres are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bengaluru Pune, Sonepat, Hyderabad, Bhopal.

10:55 hrs IST

National sports Awards

Hello and welcome the live updates of the National Sports Awards 2020 being held virtually for the first time. The award winners will be connected virtually to President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan from nine different Sports Authority of India-designated locations

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