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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Winners List

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award was instituted in 1991-92 and since then several sports personalities have been honored with this India’s prestigious award. RGKR is the highest honor award given by The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Winners of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna receive award from the honorable Indian president.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Winners List.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Winner receives a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash amount as prize. Chess player Viswanathan Anand is the first sports person who received this Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1991-92. Saina Nehwal is the youngest sports person to win Khel Ratna Award at the age of 20. Only on two occasions in 1993-94 and 2013-14 when no sports person or team was awarded RGKR.

Let’s have a look at the complete list of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winners.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Winners

SR. No. Year Winner(s) Sport Discipline
1 1991-92 Viswanathan Anand Chess
2 1992-93 Geet Sethi Billiards
3 1994-95 Cdr. Homi D. Motivala Yachting (Team)
4 Lt. Cdr. P. K. Garg
5 1995-96 Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting
6 1996-97 Leander Paes Tennis
7 Nameirakpam Kunjarani Weightlifting
8 1997-98 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket
9 1998-99 Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Athletics
10 1999-2000 Dhanraj Pillay Hockey
11 2000-01 Pullela Gopichand Badminton
12 2001-02 Abhinav Bindra Shooting
13 2002-03 Anjali Bhagwat Shooting
14 K. M. Beenamol Athletics
15 2003-04 Anju Bobby George Athletics
16 2004-05 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Shooting
17 2005-06 Pankaj Advani Billiard and Snooker
18 2006-07 Manavjit Singh Sandhu Shooting
19 2007-08 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket
20 2008-09 Mary Kom Boxing
21 Vijender Singh Boxing
22 Sushil Kumar Wrestling
23 2009-10 Saina Nehwal Badminton
24 2010-11 Gagan Narang Shooting
25 2011-12 Vijay Kumar Shooting
26 Yogeshwar Dutt Wrestling
27 2012-13 Ronjan Sodhi Shooting
28 2014-15 Sania Mirza Tennis

Most number of Khel Ratnas by sports

Sport No. of Khel Ratnas
Shooting 7
Athletics 3
Cricket 2
Tennis 2
Wrestling 2
Boxing 2
Weightlifting 2
Badminton 2
Billiards/Snooker 2
Yachting 2
Hockey 1
Chess 1

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