Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports, given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India.The words "Khel Ratna" literally mean "sports gem" in Hindi. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. Up to 2004–05, the cash component was Rs. 500,000 . In 2005, the money has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 750,000.

l  Instituted                      1991
l  First awarded               1991
l  Awarded by                  Government of India
l  Cash award                  INR750,000
l  First awardee(s)           Viswanathan Anand
l  Recent awardee(s)      Sania Mirza (2015)

List of Recipients
Year
Name
Sport
2014-15
Sania Mirza
Tennis
2012–13
Ronjan Sodhi
Shooting
2011–12
Vijay Kumar
Shooting
2011–12
Yogeshwar Dutt
Wrestling
2010–11
Gagan Narang
Shooting
2009–10
Saina Nehwal
Badminton
2008–09
Mary Kom
Boxing
2008–09
Vijender Singh
Boxing
2008–09
Sushil Kumar
Wrestling
2007–08
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Cricket
2006–07
Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Shooting
2005–06
Pankaj Advani
Billiards and Snooker
2004–05
Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Shooting
2003–04
Anju Bobby George
Athletics
2002–03
Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat
Shooting
2002–03
K. M. Beenamol
Athletics
2001–02
Abhinav Bindra
Shooting
2000–01
Pullela Gopichand
Badminton
1999–2000
Dhanraj Pillay
Hockey
1998–99
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar
Athletics
1997–98
Sachin Tendulkar
Cricket
1996–97
Nameirakpam Kunjarani
Weightlifting
1996–97
Leander Paes
Tennis
1995–96
Karnam Malleswari
Weightlifting
1994–95
Cdr. Homi D. Motivala
Yachting
1994–95
Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg
Yachting
1992–93
Geet Sethi
Billiards
1991–92
Viswanathan Anand
chess
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