• The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2023. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 09th  January, 2024.
  • National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.
  • ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over the period of the previous four years.
  • ‘Arjuna Award for outstanding performance in Sports and Games’ is given for good performance over a period of the previous four years and for showing qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.
  • Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games’ is given to coaches for doing outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and for enabling sportspersons to excel in international events.
  • ‘Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games’ is given to honor sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and who continue to contribute to promotion of sports events after their retirement.
  • The overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.
  • The applications were invited online and sportspersons/coaches/entities were permitted to self-apply through a dedicated Online Portal. 
  • A large number of applications/nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committee headed by Justice A. M. Khanwilkar, Retd. Judge, Supreme Court of India and consisting members from eminent sportspersons, persons having experience in sports journalism and sports administrators.

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