Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards was instituted in 1991-92. Viswanathan Anand (Chess) was the first awardee. There has been 34 awardees till 2017. Joint winners have been announced on 5 occasions. In 2016 the award was shared by maximum four sportsperson. In 1993-94 and 2014 the award was not conferred on anyone. Shooting event has received the maximum awards.

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History of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards

Up to 2004–05, the cash component was Rs. 500,000/- (c.11,500 USD).The money has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 750,000.
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    1991-92 Viswanathan Anand (Chess)
    1992-93 Geet Sethi (Billiards)
    1993-94 Not Conferred
    1994-95 Cdr. Homi D. Motivala, Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg (Yachting Team Event)
    1995-96 Karnam Malleswari (Weightlifting)
    1996-97 Nameirakpam Kunjarani (Weightlifting)
    1996-97 Leander Paes (Tennis)
    1997-98 Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket)
    1998-99 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (Athletics)
    1999-2000 Dhanraj Pillay (Hockey)
    2000-01 Pullela Gopichand (Badminton)
    2001-02 Abhinav Bindra (Shooting)
    2002-03 Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat (Shooting)
    2002-03 K. M. Beenamol (Athletics)
    2003-04 Anju Bobby George (Athletics)
    2004-05 Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Shooting)
    2005-06 Pankaj Advani (Billiards and Snooker)
    2006-07 Manavjit Singh Sandhu (Shooting)
    2007-08 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket)
    2008-09 Mary Kom (Boxing)
    2008-09 Vijender Singh (Boxing)
    2008-09 Sushil Kumar (Wrestling)
    Saina Nehwal (Badminton)
    2010-11 Gagan Narang (Shooting)
    2011-12 Vijay Kumar (Shooting)
    2011-12 Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling)
    2012-13 Ronjan Sodhi (Shooting)
    2014 No Award
    2015 Sania Mirza (Tennis)
    2016 PV Sindhu (Badminton)
    2016 Jitu Rai (Shooting)
    2016 Sakshi Malik (Wrestling)
    2016 Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics)
    2017 Devendra Jhajharia (Para Athlete)
    2017 Sardara Singh (Hockey)

Awards for Sports

    8 Shooting
    4 Athletics (includes Para Athlete)
    3 Wrestling, Badminton
    2 Boxing, Tennis, Weightlifting, Billiards and Snooker, Cricket, Yachting
    1 Chess, Gymnastics, Hockey


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