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‘Khel Ratna’

India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports is ‘The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna’ (RGKR) . ‘Khel Ratna’ literally mean ‘sports gem’ in Hindi. It 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/- (c.11,500 USD).

The money has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 750,000.

Year Name of the Sportsperson(s) Sport Discipline

1991–92 Viswanathan Anand           Chess

1992–93 Geet Sethi                  Billiards

1993–94         Not Conferred

1994–95 Cdr. Homi D. Motivala (Joint) Yachting (Team Event)

Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg (Joint)

1995–96 Karnam Malleswari          Weightlifting

1996–97 Nameirakpam Kunjarani (Joint)  Weightlifting

Leander Paes (Joint)          Tennis

1997–98 Sachin Tendulkar          Cricket

1998–99 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar          Athletics

1999–2000 Dhanraj Pillay           Hockey

2000–01 Pullela Gopichand          Badminton

2001–02 Abhinav Bindra                  Shooting

2002–03 Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat(Joint   Shooting

K. M. Beenamol (Joint)          Athletics

2003–04 Anju Bobby George          Athletics

2004–05 Lt.Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Shooting

2005–06 Pankaj Advani                   Billiards and Snooker

2006–07 Manavjit Singh Sandhu           Shooting

2007–08 Mahendra Singh Dhoni           Cricket

2008–09 Mary Kom (Joint)           Boxing

Vijender Singh (Joint)           Boxing

Sushil Kumar (Joint)            Wrestling

2009–10 Saina Nehwal                  Badminton

2010–11 Gagan Narang                  Shooting

2011–12 Vijay Kumar (Joint)          Shooting

     Yogeshwar Dutt (Joint)          Wrestling

2012–13 Ronjan Sodhi                  Shooting

2014–15 Sania Mirza                  Tennis

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