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10th January, 2024 MISCELLANEOUS


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Context: The Sports and Adventure Awards 2023, presented by the President of India, honour excellence in sports, coaching, adventure, and contributions to sports development in India through diverse recognitions.


  • The Sports and Adventure Awards aim to promote excellence, encourage participation, and inspire future generations of sportspersons and adventurers in India.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awards-2023

  • This prestigious award, named after the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, honours exceptional athletes who have made significant achievements and contributions to sports. It is the highest sporting honour in India, recognizing athletes for their outstanding performances and impact on the international stage.

Dronacharya Awards-2023

  • The Dronacharya Awards are presented to exceptional coaches for their consistent and significant contributions in developing athletes and guiding them to achieve excellence in their respective sports disciplines. These awards recognize the crucial role of coaches in shaping and nurturing sporting talent.

Arjuna Awards-2023

  • The Arjuna Awards are conferred upon talented athletes across various sporting disciplines who have displayed exceptional skill, consistency, and performance at the national and international levels. These awards serve as recognition of their sporting excellence and achievements.

Dhyan Chand Awards-202

  • Named after the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand, these awards honour retired athletes who have made noteworthy contributions to their respective sports disciplines. These awards recognize their lifetime achievements and service to sports.

Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards-2022

  • These awards acknowledge individuals who have displayed exceptional courage and achievements in the field of adventure sports and exploration, promoting the spirit of adventure in the country.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar-2023

  • This award recognizes the efforts of entities and organizations that contribute significantly to the promotion of sports in various ways, including infrastructure development, talent identification, and encouragement of sports among different segments of society.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy-2023

  • Instituted for recognizing outstanding achievements in sports at the university level, this award aims to encourage and foster sports culture and excellence among educational institutions across the country.


  • These awards serve as a recognition and appreciation of the talent, dedication, and hard work of athletes, coaches, adventure enthusiasts, and organizations in advancing sports and adventure pursuits in India. They also act as a motivation for the sporting community to continue excelling and contributing to the country's sports landscape.


Q. How can sports governance in India be enhanced to promote the development and growth of sports at both the grassroots and professional levels? What initiatives and strategies could be implemented to encourage widespread participation, infrastructure development, and talent identification in various sports across the country?