It is an honorary sports award bestowed by the Government of Karnataka to sports personalities of the nation. Initiated in 1993, the honor is conferred by the "The Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT)" of IMFA Group.
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Arjuna Award is India's highest sporting award bestowed by the Government of India (Ministry of youth affairs and sports) to sportspersons for their outstanding performance in international as well as national events and also hold leadership qualities with good moral.The award was launched in 1961 and is presented by the President of India every year to the sportspersons of different categories. The honor is named on Prince "Arjuna", the protagonist of Indian epic "Mahabharata".
The Sportspersons are honored each year (one award is allotted in each discipline) with a bronze statue of Arjuna, a scroll and cash prize.
There are three categories under which the award is distributed in various disciplines of sports:-
International level competitions such as- Olympic Games / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games / World Cup / World Championship Disciplines
Indigenous- Native Games
For para sports persons
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This is the highest sports coaching award in India to honor the coaches for their outstanding efforts to bring the best of sports individuals.The award was instituted in 1965, where the coaches are honored with a Bronze statue of Guru Dronacharya (preceptor of Pandavas and Kauravas according to the epic Mahabharata), along with a roll of honor and a cash prize.
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Dhyan Chand Award
"Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games" is the lifetime sporting award of India, named after the legendary field hockey player 'Major Dhyan Chand'. The honor was instituted in 2002 and carries a statuette, a certificate, formal dress, and a cash prize which is presented annually to the sportspersons for their best contribution in sports and persistent efforts even after retirement. The award is given only in disciplines included in International level competitions such as Olympic Games, Asian Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup, and World Championship along with Cricket, Indigenous Games, and Para-sports.
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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Award
The honor is bestowed to the Indian University for the best all round performance in sports at Inter-University, National and International level competitions. The award was instituted in 1956 by the Ministry of Education of Government of India and is presented annually by the President of India that carries a replica of Trophy and cash prize which is to be used for enhancing the level of sports.
Four Universities are nominated every year for the trophy according to the scoring system by the committee and the winner is decided by the Indian Government. The second and third winners also receive a cash prize.
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The Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Pururskar is an Indian sporting honor, instituted in 2009 to sportspersons, coaches, and citizens who contribute their sincere efforts in sports. The honor carries a trophy and a certificate.
The recognition is given in four categories as follows:-
Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent
Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility
Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures
Sports for Development
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The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award
A state level sporting award bestowed by the Government of Punjab to sportspersons who give phenomenal performance in sports competitions of International or national levels. Instituted in 1978, the honor carries a trophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and cash prize. The recognition was suspended in 1996 but re-inaugurated in 2006.
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Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award
The Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards (formerly known as the National adventure awards) was established by the Government of India in the year 1993, with the motive of encouraging the adventure activities on land, air and water and recognizing the achievements of individuals in the field of adventurous sports.
This award is equivalent to the Arjuna Awards and carries a cash prize of Rs.3 lacs along with a bronze statue and a roll of honor.
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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
“Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games” is the highest sporting civilian honor of the Republic of India, bestowed to sportspersons or teams for their dynamic performance in sports disciplines that are included in International competitions. The award instituted in 1991, was named on Mr. Rajiv Gandhi,former Prime Minister of India.
The accolade is awarded annually to encourage sportspersons for further successes. A twelve member selection committee constituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports decides the winners in each discipline. The honor comprises a medal, a certificate, and cash prize.