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Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to be honoured with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna | Full list of winners

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2023 on December 20 (Wednesday) and some of the top sportspersons in the country have been honoured. Chirag Shetty and Satwik have won the top sports honours for their achievements in Badminton.

Written By: Aditya Kukalyekar @adikukalyekar New Delhi Updated on: December 20, 2023 18:35 IST
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Image Source : GETTY Chirag and Satwik

India's badminton stars Chirag Shetty and Rankireddy Satwik Sai Raj won the Major Dhyan Khel Ratna award. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2023 today. Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, the government decided to confer awards upon sportspersons, coaches and entities. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organised function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 9, 2024 (Tuesday) at 11 am IST.

For the unversed, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is given to sportspersons with spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over the course of last four years. Vishwanathan Anand was the first winner of this award in 1991-92 for his exceptional performance in Chess. Among cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar was the first player to be conferred with the Khel Ratna while MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Mithali Raj have been the others to win it.

Coming back to Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, the duo rose to the top of the BWF rankings earlier this year in October after winning the gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. The duo has been exceptional since 2022 winning five BWF World tour titles, including the Indian Open, French Open, Swiss Open, Indonesia Open, and Korea Open.

Full list of winners of Major Dhyan Khel Ratna award:

  1. Sharath Kamal - Table tennis
  2. Manpreet Singh - Hockey
  3. Sunil Chhetri - Football
  4. Mithali Raj - Cricket
  5. Manish Narwal - Paralympic shooting
  6. Krishna Nagar - Para-badminton
  7. Pramod Bhagat - Para-badminton
  8. Sumit Antil - Para-athletics
  9. Avani Lekhara - Paralympic shooting
  10. PR Sreejesh - Hockey
  11. Lovlina Borgohain - Boxing
  12. Ravi Kumar Dahiya - Freestyle wrestling
  13. Neeraj Chopra - Athletics
  14. Rani Rampal - Hockey
  15. Rohit Sharma - Cricket
  16. Mariyappan Thangavelu - Paralympic high jump
  17. Manika Batra - Table tennis
  18. Vinesh Phogat - Freestyle wrestling
  19. Bajrang Punia - Freestyle wrestling
  20. Deepa Malik - Paralympic (shot put, javelin, others)
  21. Virat Kohli - Cricket
  22. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu - Weightlifting
  23. Sardara Singh - Hockey
  24. Devendra Jhajharia - Paralympic javelin
  25. PV Sindhu - Badminton
  26. Sakshi Malik - Freestyle wrestling
  27. Jitu Rai - Shooting
  28. Dipa Karmakar - Gymnastics
  29. Sania Mirza - Tennis
  30. Ronjan Sodhi - Shooting
  31. Yogeshwar Dutt - Freestyle wrestling
  32. Vijay Kumar - Shooting
  33. Gagan Narang - Shooting
  34. Saina Nehwal - Badminton
  35. Sushil Kumar - Freestyle wrestling
  36. Vijender Singh - Boxing
  37. Mary Kom - Boxing
  38. Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Cricket
  39. Manavjit Singh Sandhu - Shooting
  40. Pankaj Advani - Billiards and Snooker
  41. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - Shooting
  42. Anju Bobby George - Athletics
  43. Anjali Bhagwat - Shooting
  44. KM Beenamol - Athletics
  45. Abhinav Bindra - Shooting
  46. Pullela Gopichand - Badminton
  47. Dhanraj Pillay - Hockey
  48. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar - Athletics
  49. Sachin Tendulkar - Cricket
  50. Leander Paes - Tennis
  51. Nameirakpam Kunjarani - Weightlifting
  52. Karnam Malleswari - Weightlifting
  53. Pushpendra Kumar Garg - Yachting (Team event)
  54. Homi Motivala - Yachting (Team event)
  55. Geet Sethi - Billiards
  56. Viswanathan Anand - Chess
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