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New Delhi, Augsut 29, 2012, DHNS: 22:59 IST

General: Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar conferred Khel Ratna, Yuvraj receives Arjuna award

Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt poses with his mother Sushila Devi after receiving Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2012 award at President's House in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI
London Olympics medallists, shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, were conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday by the newly-elected President Pranab Mukherjee.

Mukherjee also presented Arjuna awards to 25 athletes, Dronacharya award to eight coaches from different disciplines as well as Dhyan Chand and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

The number of awardees were increased this year with 2012 being the Olympic and Paralympic year. India won six medals in London Games, its biggest Olympic medal haul ever.

Vijay won a silver in the 25m rapid fire event while Yogeshwar bagged a bronze in the 60kg freestyle event. The two received a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each along with statuettes and citations. “It is a dream come true for me. It brings a lot of responsibility,” Vijay said.

Among the Arjuna awardees was cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is returning to international cricket after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer and received a roaring round of applause.

“It is a great award and I am very happy to receive it. It is very motivating ahead of the World Twenty20. I hope to once again do good for my country,” Yuvraj said.

Archer Deepika Kumari, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, squash player Deepika Pallikal, wrestler Geeta Phogat were also among the Arjuna awardees.

“I hope this award will inspire more girls to take up wrestling,” Phogat said.
Eight coaches received the Dronacharya awards as recognition of achievements in coaching. The award carried a statuette, citation and enhanced cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.

Boxing’s BI Fernandez became the first foreign coach to receive Dronacharya award. Officials from Cuban embassy attended the function.

List of awardees: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Vijay Kumar (shooting) and Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling).

Arjuna Awards: Deepika Kumari (archery), Laishram Bombayla Devi (archery), Sudha Singh (athletics), Kavita Ramdas Raut (athletics), Ashwini Ponnappa (badminton), Parupalli Kashyap (badminton), Aditya S Mehta (billiards and snooker), Vikas Krishan (boxing), Yuvraj Singh (cricket), Sardar Singh (hockey), Yashpal Solanki (judo), Anup Kumar (kabaddi), Samir Suhag (polo), Annu Raj Singh (shooting), Omkar Singh (shooting), Joydeep Karmakar (shooting), Deepika Pallikal (squash), Sandeep Sejwal (swimming), Ng. Sonia Chanu (weightlifting), Narsingh Yadav (wrestling), Rajinder Kumar (wrestling), Geeta Phogat (wrestling), M. Bimoljit Singh (wushu), Deepa Mallick (athletics paralympics), Ramkaran Singh (athletics paralympics).

Dronacharya awards: Virender Poonia (athletics), Sunil Dabas (kabaddi, women), Yashvir Singh (wrestling), Harendra Singh (hockey), Satyapal Singh (para sports, athletics), JS Bhatia (athletics) Bhawani Mukherjee (table tennis), BI Fernandez (boxing)
Dhyanchand awards: Jagraj Singh Mann (athletics), Gundeep Kumar (hockey), Vinod Kumar (wrestling) Sukhbir Singh Tokas (para-sports)

Tenzing Norgay adventure awards: Col. Anand Swaroop, SM (land adventure), Sub. Rajendra Singh Jalal (land adventure), Bhakti Sharma (water adventure), Mandip Singh Soin (life-time achievement).

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar: Community Sports Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent -- Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), Financial Support for Sports Excellence -- Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Establishment and Management of Sports Academies of Excellence -- Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and Employment of Sportspersons and Sports Welfare Measures -- Air India Sports Promotion.

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