Instituted in 1985, Indian Government confers this awards to the sports coaches acknowledging their excellence. O.M. Nambiar, Athletics coach, was the first Dronacharya Award recipient in 1985.
About Dronacharya Award
Named after Dronacharya, the coach of Mahabharata fame, the award is the best recognition of a guru or coach in Indian sports. 108 coaches have been awarded till 2017.
As of 2017, the award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of ₹5 lakh (US$7,800).
Number of Awardees By Sports
5 Cricket, Kabaddi
4 Billiards & Snooker
3 Weightlifting, Badminton
2 Chess, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Rowing, Archery, Swimming
1 Football, Judo, Kho-Kho, Powerlifting, Shooting, Table Tennis, Yachting, Squash, Volley Ball