Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winner list

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports. The award 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. The award was instituted in the year 1991-92 to supply the lack of a supreme national accolade in the field of sports. Predating the RGKR are the Arjuna awards that have always been given to outstanding sportspersons in each of many sporting disciplines every year. The Khel Ratna was devised to be an overarching honour, conferred for outstanding sporting performance, whether by an individual or a team, across all sporting disciplines in a given year.

List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees

  S.No.   Year               Name of the Sportsperson(s)        Sport Discipline

  01        1991-92         Viswanathan Anand                        Chess
  02        1992-93         Geet Sethi                                       Billiards
  03        1993-94                            Not Conferred* -
  04        1994-95         Cdr. Homi D. Motivala (Joint)         Yachting (Team Event)
  04        1994-95         Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg (Joint)              Yachting (Team Event)
  05        1995-96         Karnam Malleswari                         Weightlifting
  06        1996-97         Nameirakpam Kunjarani (Joint)       Weightlifting
  06        1996-97         Leander Paes (Joint)                        Tennis
  07        1997-98         Sachin Tendulkar                             Cricket
  08        1998-99         Jyotirmoyee Sikdar                          Athletics
  09        1999-2000     Dhanraj Pillay                                  Hockey
  10         2000-01        Pullela Gopichand                           Badminton
  11         2001-02        Abhinav Bindra                               Shooting
  12         2002-03        Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat(Joint)   Shooting
  12         2002-03        K. M. Beenamol (Joint)                  Athletics
  13         2003-04        Anju Bobby George                       Athletics
  14         2004-05    Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore   Shooting
  15         2005-06         Pankaj Advani                              Billiards and Snooker
  16         2006-07         Manavjit Singh Sandhu                 Shooting
  17         2007-08         Mahendra Singh Dhoni                 Cricket
  18         2008-09         Mary Kom (Joint)                         Boxing
  18         2008-09         Vijender Singh (Joint)                    Boxing
  18         2008-09         Sushil Kumar (Joint)                      Wrestling
  19         2009-10         Saina Nehwal                               Badminton

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Saina Nehwal to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was on Friday selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's sporting honour, for her oustanding achievements on the badminton court.
National sports awards (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand) selection committee headed by P T Usha met on Friday and decided to bestow the Khel Ratna on Saina after considering her brilliant performance in the last one year.
The World number two Indian has been in red-hot form in the last one year, where she reached the semifinals of the All England Super Series in March before winning three successive titles in June.
"I am really happy. It's unbelievable, a dream come true for me to get another within one year. National awards gives you a lot of motivation and it definitely has inspired me to achieve bigger glories for my country," Saina said.
"I have done well in the last two years and the three titles that I won recently have really boosted my confidence. I am now preparing for the World Championship and I hope to win the title," she added.

Saina was awarded the Arjuna Award last year and recently she was chosen as one of the six brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games which will be held from October 3-14.
The award, to be given away on August 29 by the President Pratibha Patil, consists of a cash amount of Rs 7.5 lakh, a scroll of honour and medal.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday congratulated badminton champion Saina Nehwal for winning three Super Series badminton tournaments.
The Speaker also conveyed the best wishes of the House to Nehwal for her future endeavours.

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Rafael Nadal

Full name:                    Rafael Nadal Parera
Country:                       Spain
Residence:                   Manacor, Majorca, Spain
Date of birth:               3 June 1986
Place of birth:              Manacor, Majorca
Height:                         6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Career prize money:   $32,730,442
Highest ranking:         No. 1 (18 August 2008)

                                         Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera born 3 June 1986 is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Nadal has won eight Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and also was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

                                         Nadal was ranked World No. 2, behind Roger Federer for a record 160 consecutive weeks before earning the top spot, which he then held from 18 August 2008 to 5 July 2009. He regained the World No.1 ranking on 7 June 2010 after winning his fifth French Open title. His success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted many experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player of all time.

                                        In 2008, Nadal was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, in recognition of his achievements in tennis.


• 5 Grand Slams
• 7 Career statistics

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Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 1 in both singles and doubles. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002. On July 3 2010, She became 6th on the all-time greatest champions list.

Williams is the reigning champion in both singles and women's doubles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and in women's doubles at the French Open and the US Open. Her 27 Grand Slam titles places her ninth on the all-time list: 13 in singles, 12 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so. Her 13 Grand Slam singles titles is sixth on the all-time list.Williams ranks fourth in Grand Slam women's singles titles won during the Open Era, behind Steffi Graf (22 titles) and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (18 titles each). She has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player.

Williams has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles.

Williams has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history.

Williams is the younger sister of former World No. 1 Venus Williams. They have played each other in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches as of October 2009. As of July 2009, they have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Between the 2002 French Open and the 2003 Australian Open, they met in all four Grand Slam singles finals, the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals. The pair have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together.


1 Early life

2 Playing style

3 Professional career

o 3.1 1995–98: Professional debut

o 3.2 1999–2001: Becoming a top 10 player

o 3.3 2002–03: Four consecutive Grand Slam singles titles

o 3.4 2004–06: Injuries and inconsistent results

o 3.5 2007–08: Return to the top 10

o 3.6 2009: Back at World No. 1

o 3.7 2010

o 3.8 Rivalry with Venus Williams

4 Off-court activities

o 4.1 Fashion

o 4.2 Entertainment

o 4.3 Miami Dolphins venture

o 4.4 Charity work

o 4.5 Writing

5 Other records and achievements

6 Awards

7 Recognition

8 See also

9 Notes

10 External links

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