Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

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  • 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.
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