First Sportspersons to be awarded Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

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Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honour for sportspersons of India. It was instituted in 1991-92 and was known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The award was renamed in 2021. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. The award comprises of a medallion, a certificate and cash prize.

As of 2023, sportspersons from the Shooting discipline have received 8 Khel Ratna awards which is the highest among all disciplines. This is followed by Freestyle Wrestling in which 6 sportspersons have been given the award.

In 2021, 12 Khel Ratna Awards were given to sportspersons of various disciplines, which is the highest for any particular year.

1.First person and first Chess player to be awardedViswanathan Anand1991-92
2.First Billiards player to be awardedGeet Sethi1992-93
3.First Yachting sportsperson to be awardedHomi Motivala and Pushpendra Kumar Garg1993-94
4.First Weightlifter and also first Woman to be awardedKarnam Malleswari1994-95
5.First Tennis player to be awardedLeander Paes1996-97
6.First Cricket player to be awardedSachin Tendulkar1997-98
7.First Athlete and also first Woman Athlete to be awardedJyotirmoyee Sikdar1998-99
8.First Hockey player to be awardedDhanraj Pillay1999-2000
9.First Badminton player to be awardedPullela Gopichand2000-01
10.First Shooting sportsperson to be awardedAbhinav Bindra2001
11.First Shooting sportswoman to be awardedAnjali Bhagwat2002
12.First Boxing sportsperson to be awardedMary Kom2009
13.First Wrestler to be awardedSushil Kumar2009
14.First Gymnast to be awardedDipa Karmakar2016
15.First Woman Wrestler to be awardedSakshi Malik2016
16.First Para-athlete to be awardedDevendra Jhajharia2017
17.First Table Tennis player to be awardedManika Batra2020

Also see Sports Awards by Govt of India

Select the Correct Answer

1. The first woman to win the Khel Ratna Award was -

2. The first tennis player to be awarded the Khel Ratna Award was -

3. The first athlete to be given the Khel Ratna Award was -

4. Who was the first para-athlete to be awarded the Khel Ratna Award?

5. The award was first given for which year?

6. In which year were the most number of Khel Ratna Awards given?

7. 2022 winner of Khel Ratna Award, Sharath Kamal is associated with -

First Winner of Khel Ratna Award
Vishwanathan Anand
London Chess Classic 2010 Anand 04 Paweł Grochowalski, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
First Woman Winner of Khel Ratna Award
Karnam Malleshwari
Karanam malleshwari ANNA TV TELUGU NEWS, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
First Tennis Player to win Khel Ratna Award
Leander Paes
Paes US16 (11) (29569576630) si.robi, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
First Shooter to win Khel Ratna Award
Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav Bindra and Mary Kom - British High Commission, Delhi, 27 July 2011 (cropped) British High Commission, India, OGL v1.0OGL v1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
First Badminton Player to win Khel Ratna Award
Pullela Gopichand
Pullela Gopichand 2016 (cropped) Prime Minister's Office (GODL-India), GODL-India, via Wikimedia Commons
First Cricketer to win Khel Ratna Award
Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin-Tendulkar (cropped) Bollywood Hungama, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons