From Snooker and Hockey to Cricket and Yachting, have a glimpse of the brightest gems of Indian sports, who have been honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Devendra Jhajharia is a 36-year-old Indian Paralympic Javelin thrower who will be honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award today. He is the first Indian ever to win multiple Gold medals in the history of Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Sardara Singh is a 31-year-old Indian Hockey player who will be honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by the Government of India today. Sardara has also captained the Indian National Hockey team.
Jitu Rai is a 30-year-old Indian Gorkha (Nepali Indian) who was honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016.
Dipa Karmakar is a 24-year-old artistic Gymnast, who represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Government of India honoured her with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2016, for her outstanding performance in Rio Olympics 2016.
Saina Nehwal is a 27 years old Indian professional Badminton singles player. Nehwal is the former world no.1 champion who for her excellence in the field of badminton has received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2010.
Mary Kom is a 34-year-old Olympic India boxer from Manipur, India who was honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2009. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a 36-years-old Indian cricketer who has also captained the India team. MS Dhoni was honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2008, he is the second cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to be honored with this country's prestigious award in sports. Under the leadership of Dhoni, India won the 2007 World T20, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Pankaj Advani is a 32-year-old world champion in Snooker and Billiards from India. In recognition of his achievements, the Government of India honoured him with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country's highest sporting honour of India, in the year 2006, he was just 21 then.
Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi
Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi is a 49-years-old most celebrated woman in Weightlifting. The Government of India honored her with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 1997. She currently holds the rank of a "Commandant" in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Homi Dady Motivala is an Indian sportsperson in Yachting, who was honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 1995. He also won Dronacharya Award for "Coaching excellence in Yachting" for the year 2002 and holds the rank of commander with the Indian Navy.