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National Sports Awards 2018 : Virat Kohli Becomes Third Cricketer To Be Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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Virat Kohli has become the third cricketer to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Mirabai Chanu ,Him Das among others who received high honours.

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India men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Tuesday received with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Earlier day , Chanu reflected on her stimulation at the honour. “A really big day for me as I receive the prestigious #RajivGandhiKhelRatnaAward at the #RashtrapatiBhawan today. A big thanks to everyone who have supported me all throughout this journey. Special thanks to my family, my coaches, Govt, Federation, and my fans. Indeed grateful!” she tweeted .
after Karnam Malleswari (1995) Chanu is the third weightlifter to win the prize .

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And this is what Viral Kohli tweeted after receiving the prestigious award

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20 athletes were conferred with the Arjuna Award including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Jinson Johnson and Hima Das, shuttler N Sikki Reddy, cricketer Smriti Mandhana and table tennis player Manika Batra to name a few.

List of Award winners-

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna : Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu

Arjuna Awards : Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), N Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket), Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Col. Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), Ankur Mittal (Shooting), Shreyasi Singh (Shooting), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), G Sathiyan (Table Tennis), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Sumit (Wrestling), Pooja Kadian (Wushu), Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics), Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton)

Dronacharya Awards : Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey Lifetime achievement), Tarak Sinha (Cricket Lifetime Achievement), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo Lifetime Achievement), V.R. Beedu (Athletics Lifetime Achievement)

Dhyan Chand Awards : Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling)

Sports Awards are generally held on August 29,on Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary, but this year they were postponed to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palemban.

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