Sunil Chhetri Becomes First Footballer To Receive Khel Ratna Award


Guwahati: India Football captain Sunil Chhetri becomes the first footballer to receive the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021.

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021 on Tuesday. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 13, 2021 (Saturday).

“Congratulations @chetrisunil11 for being conferred with the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award🏅 He’s the 1️⃣st Indian footballer to have been bestowed with this award 🙌🏻 Onwards and upwards skipper 👍🏻,” tweeted Indian Football team.
The other awardees include Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), and Manpreet Singh (Hockey).

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of previous four years.