Sports Ministry reworks criteria for Arjuna Awards

To avoid any controversy on the criteria for giving away Arjuna Awards, the Sports Ministry on Friday decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of various international championships and sports events of disciplines covered in Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

The guideline, which is released by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will be applicable from 2014 onwards.

According to the release, the winners of medals in Olympics and Paralympics will automatically be considered for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna or Arjuna Awards, depending on the type of medal won, if the sportspersons have already not been conferred with either of the two honours.

After Olympics, maximum weightage will be given to World Championship/ World Cup (once in four years), followed by Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, it added.

While 90 marks will be given to the sportspersons getting maximum points in the World Championship/ World Cup, the rest of the sportspersons will be given marks proportionately.

Meanwhile, 10 per cent weightage will be given to the marks awarded by the selection committee for assessment of the eligible sportspersons keeping in view factors like profile and standard of the sports events in which he or she has won medals and qualities like leadership, sportsmanship, team spirit, fair play, sense of discipline, a statement said.

The release also clarified that adequate representation would be insured for physically challenged and women. 

For cricket and indigenous games, not included in Olympics, Asian Games or Commonwealth Games, the selection committee will recommend the number of awards (not exceeding two) to be given, besides recommending the sportspersons after taking into consideration their individual performances and qualities of sportsman spirit, leadership, sense of discipline etc.

While not more than one award will be given in each discipline in a particular year, the principle of one award per discipline will not be applicable in case of team sports and across gender, which means that the selection committee may recommend, in deserving cases with proper justification, more than one sportsperson in respect of team sports and sportspersons of both the genders, the statement further said.

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