National Sports Day: As India awards its best sportspersons, Rijiju announces massive hike in prize money

Every year, National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand Singh and spread awareness on importance of sports in our lives.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also announced a significant hike in four of the seven categories of the National Sports and Adventure Awards.

Prize money for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been increased to Rs 25 lakh from the previous amount of Rs 7.5 lakh, while Arjuna Award has been enhanced to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.

Dronacharya (Lifetime) awardees, who were earlier given Rs 5 lakh will now be given Rs 15 lakh, while Dronacharya (Regular) will be given Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh per awardee. Dhyanchand Awardees will be given and enhanced amount of Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh they were paid earlier.

“The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008. These amounts should be reviewed once every 10 years at least. If professionals in every field have seen an enhancement in their earnings, why not our sportspersons,” Rijiju said.



Rich tributes have been pouring in from leaders and sportspersons alike to mark Dhyan Chand’s birthday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said, “Today, on #NationalSportsDay, we pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, whose magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten. This is also a day to laud the outstanding support given by the families, coaches and support staff towards the success of our talented athletes.”

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiu paid floral tributes to the ‘Hockey Wizard’.


Various sporting events are organised across the country to commemorate National Sports Day.

Outstanding sportspersons are honoured with recognitions like Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Dronacharya Award.

President Ram Nath Kovind who gave away the awards also put out a series of tweets to highlight the importance and impact of sports on our lives.



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