Published on: November 6, 2021




Recently, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021.


  • Sunil Chhetri becomes the first footballer to receive the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021
  • Olympic gold winner Neeraj Chopra receives Khel Ratna
  • 35 Sports persons will receive Arjuna Awards for outstanding performance in Sports and Games 2021
  • Panjab University – Chandigarh is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy, Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments


Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award:

  • Given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of the previous four years.
  • Comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.

Arjuna Award:

  • Instituted in 1961
  • To recognise outstanding achievement in national sports events.
  • Good performance over a period of previous four years and showing qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.
  • Carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll of honour.

Dronacharya Award:

  • Instituted in 1985
  • Rrecognise excellence in sports coaching.
  • Given to coaches for doing outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabling sportspersons to excel in International events.
  • Carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a bronze statue of Dronacharya and a scroll of honour.

Dhyan Chand Award:

  • Instituted in the year 2002
  • Comprises a Dhyan Chand statuette, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a certificate and a ceremonial dress.
  • Honour sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports events after their retirement.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar:

  • Instituted in the year 2009
  • Given to corporate entities (both in private and public sector), sports control boards, NGOs including sports bodies at the State and National level who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.