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List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winners

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games, is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. It was started in 1991–92. The winner of this award get 7.5 lac rupees. This award is given annually to those sports person who make country proud at the international events.

Various awards given in the field of sports are: Arjuna Award, Eklavya Award, Major Dhyana Chand Award, Dronacharya Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. This article has published the names of the players who are honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award till date.

Winners of 2018 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award are;

       Player Name  

 Sport

 Year

 1. Viswanathan Anand

 Chess

 1992

 2. Geet Sethi  

 Billiards

 1993

 3. Homi de Motivala and PK Garg

 Yachting

 1995

 4. Karnam Malleswari

 Weightlifting

 1996

 5. Kunjurani Devi and Leander Paes

 Weightlifting, Lawn Tennis

 1997

 6. Sachin Tendulkar

 Cricket

 1998

 7. Jyotirmoyee Sikandar

 Athletics

 1999

 8. Dhanraj Pillai

 Hockey

 2000

 9. Pullela Gopichand

 Badminton

 2001

 10. Abhinav Bindra

 Shooting  

 2002

 11. Anjali Bhagwat and K. M. Binamol

 Shooting, Athletics

 2003

 12. Anju Bobby George

 Athletics

 2004

 13. Rajya Vardhan ,Singh Rathore

 Shooting

 2005

 14. Pankaj Advani

 Billiards and Snooker

 2006

 15. Manavjit Singh Sandhu

 Shooting

 2007

 16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

 Cricket

 2008

 17. M.C. Marikom, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar

 Boxing, Boxing, Wrestling

 2009

 18. Saina Nehwal

 Badminton

 2010

 19. Gagan Narang

 Shooting

 2011

 20. Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt

 Shooting, Wrestling

 2012

 21. Ranjan Sodhi

 Shooting

 2013

 22. Sania Mirza

 Lawn Tennis

 2015

 23. P. V. Sindhu, Deepa Kamikar, Sakshi Bhai and Jitu Rai

 Badminton, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Shooting

 2016

 24. Devendra Jhajaria, Sardar Singh

 Javelin throw, Hockey

 2017

 25. Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu  Cricket, Weightlifting  2018

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Some interesting facts about Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award are:

1. It is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India.

2. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

3. This award was instituted in 1991-92.

4. Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand was the first recipient of this award.

5. From 1992 to 2018, 35 sportsmen got this award.

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