April 30, 2019

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) recommended Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award. The final selection will be made by the Selection Committee constituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.


  • Full name: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games.

  • Objective of the award: To recognize the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years at international level.

  • Selection committee: The Award will be decided by a Selection Committee constituted by the Government of India as under with a chairperson to be nominated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.

  • Number of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to be given in a year: There will be only one award every year to be given to an individual sportsperson. This condition will be relaxed only in exceptional circumstances.

  • Award ceremony: The Awards will be conferred in a ceremony by the President of India, ordinarily on 29th August, birth anniversary of Late Major Dhyan Chand. However, during the years when Olympic Games, Commonwealth and Asian Games are held, the date may change.

  • Cash prize: The award will consist of a cash amount of Rs. 7.5 lakh and one medal to each sportsperson.

  • No Award will be made for a second time to the same person.

  • The award may be given posthumously if such an occasion arises.