- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games.
- It is the highest sporting honour in India.
- It is annually awarded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- The award carries a cash award of 7.5 Lakh Rupees.
- Viswanathan Anand was the first recipient of Khel Ratna in 1991-92.
- Karnam Malleswary (Weightlifting)was the first female recipient of Khel Ratna in 1994-95.
- Shooter Abhinav Bindra is the youngest recipient of Khel Ratna.
- Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer to win this award in 1997-98.
- Leander Paes was the first tennis player to win Khel Ratna.
- Jyotirmoyee Sikdar was the first athlete to win Khel Ratna.
- Dhanraj Pillai was the first Hockey player to win Khel Ratna.
- P.Gopichand was the first badminton player to win this award.
- K.M.Beenamol was the first Khel Ratna recipient from Kerala, and Anju Bobby George was the second.
- Devendra Jhajharia was the first paralympiP athlete to win this coveted award.
- Khel Ratna award recipient of 2018 were Virat Kohli and Mirabhai Chanu.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Monday, 6 May 2019