President Ram Nath Kovind Confers Khel Ratna Award 21 on 12 Elite Sportspersons: Neeraj Chopra to Mithali Raj

Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, along with eleven other athletes, received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award from President Ram Nath Kovind

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Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, along with eleven other athletes, received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.

The star attraction of the evening was Neeraj Chopra, who received his Khel Ratna award amid thunderous applause from the select dignitaries present on the specially organized function. Neeraj was the first among the Khel Ratna awardees to receive the honour.

Neeraj won the Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics earlier in the year in the javelin event. Neeraj’s gold medal was the first individual one for the country since Abhinav Bindra in Beijing in 2008.

Apart from Neeraj, Olympic silver-winning wrestler Ravi Dahiya, bronze-winning pugilist Lovlina Borgohain, cricketer Mithali Raj, footballer Sunil Chhetri hockey players PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh also received the prestigious award.

Avani Lekhara, who won a gold and a bronze medal in para-shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics, was also honoured with the award alongside four other para-athletes.

Here is the full list of winners.

Khel Ratna Award winners: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Dahiya (Wrestling), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), Sunil Chhetri (Football), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Sumit Antil (Para Javelin), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), M Narwal (Para Shooting)

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