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The Arjuna Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to Indian athletes. It is given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The award is named after Arjuna, a character from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Arjuna Award is Given to in 1961. Since then, it has been given to many famous Indian athletes, including Sachin Tendulkar, P T Usha, Vishwanathan Anand, and Mary Kom. 

The criteria for the award are that the athlete must have performed consistently well for four years at the international level, and must have shown dedication and commitment to their sport.

In Which Field Is The Arjuna Award Given?

The Arjuna Award is an award given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India to recognize outstanding achievement in sports. It is the highest sporting honour in India. The award is given in various fields, including but not limited to cricket, hockey, football, tennis, badminton, and athletics.

Arjuna Award Prize Money

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports presents the Arjuna Award each year to honor great performance in Indian sports. The Arjuna Award Prize Money/ Prize Money Of Arjuna Award is  Rs. 15,00,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna, and a scroll of honor. The award was first given out in 1961. As of 2020, the award has been given to 521 athletes.

Arjuna Award 2022 Winners List: Sports and Games

The 2022 Arjuna Award recipients are listed below:

PlayerGame
Ms Seema PuniaAthletics
Shri Eldhose PaulAthletics
Shri Avinash Mukund SableAthletics
Shri Lakshya SenBadminton
Shri Prannoy HSBadminton
Shri AmitBoxing
Ms Nikhat ZareenBoxing
Ms Bhakti Pradip KulkarniChess
Shri R PraggnanandhaaChess
Ms Deep Grace EkkaHockey
Ms Shushila DeviJudo
Ms Sakshi KumariKabaddi
Ms Nayan Moni SaikiaLawn Bowl
Shri Sagar Kailas OvhalkarMallakhamb
Ms ElavenilValarivanShooting
Shri Omprakash MitharvalShooting
Ms Sreeja AkulaTable Tennis
Shri Vikas ThakurWeightlifting
Ms AnshuWrestling
Ms SaritaWrestling
Shri ParveenWushu
Ms Manasi Girishchandra JoshiPara Badminton
Shri Tarun DhillonPara Badminton
Shri Swapnil Sanjay PatilPara Swimming
Ms Jerlin Anika JDeaf Badminton

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Arjuna Award for Cricket: complete list

Below is a list of all the winners of the Arjuna Award for Cricket:

PlayerYear
Salim Durani1961

Vijay Manjrekar
1965

Chandu Borde
1966

Ajit Wadekar
1967

Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas
1968

Bishan Singh Bedi
1969

Dilip Sardesai
1970
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan1971
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Eknath Solkar1972
Sunil Gavaskar1975
Shantha Rangaswamy1976
Gundappa Viswanath1977
Kapil Dev1979
Chetan Chauhan and Syed Kirmani1980
Dilip Vengsarkar1981
Mohinder Amarnath1982
Diana Edulji1983
Ravi Shastri1984
Sandhya Agarwal and Mohammad         Azharuddin1986
Madan Lal1989
Manoj Prabhakar and Kiran More1993
Sachin Tendulkar1994
Anil Kumble1995
Javagal Srinath1996
Sourav Ganguly and Ajay Jadeja1997
Rahul Dravid and Nayan Mongia1998
Venkatesh Prasad2000
VVS Laxman2001
Virender Sehwag2002
Mithali Raj and Harbhajan Singh2003
Anju Jain2005
Anjum Chopra2006
Gautam Gambhir2009
Jhulan Goswami2010
Zaheer Khan2011
Yuvraj Singh2012
Virat Kohli2013
Ravichandran Ashwin2014
Rohit Sharma2015
Ajinkya Rahane2016
Harmanpreet Kaur and Cheteshwar Pujara2017
Smriti Mandhana2018
Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav2019
Deepti Sharma and Ishant Sharm2020
Shikhar Dhawan2021

Arjuna Award For Athletics

Below is a list of all the winners of the Arjuna Award for Athletics:

PlayerYear
Shri G.S. Randhawa1961
Hav. Tarlok Singh1962
Km. Stephi D’Souza1963
Shri Makhan Singh1964
Shri K.L. Pawel1965
Shri Ajmer Singh1966
Shri B.S. Barua1966
Shri Parveen Kumar1967
Shri Bhim Singh1967
Capt. Joginder Singh1968
Km. Manjit Walia1968
Hav. Harnek Singh1969
Shri Mohinder Singh Gill1970
Shri Edward Squeria1971
Shri Vijay Singh Chauhan1972
Hav. Sriram Singh1973
Shri. T.C. Yohanan1974
Shri. S.S. Rajput1974
Shri Shivnath Singh1974
Inspector H. Chand1975
Km. V.A. Bai1975
Km. Geeta Zutshi1976
Shri Bahadur Singh1976
Km. Angle Mary Joseph1978-79
Shri Suresh Babu1978-79
Shri R. Gyanasekham1979-80
Shri Gopal Saini1980-81
Shri Sabir Ali1981
Shri Charles Boromeo1982
Shri Chand Ram1982
Shri M.D. Valsamma1982
Km. P.T. Usha1983
Capt. Suresh Yadav1983
Km. Shiny K. Abraham1984
Shri Raj Kumar1984
Shri R.S. Bal1985
Km. Asha Aggarwa1985
Shri Adille J Sumariwalla1985
Km. Suman Rawat1986
Shri Balwinder Singh1987
Shri Bagicha Singh1987
Km. Vandana Rao1987
Km. Vandana Shanbagh1987
Km. Ashwani Nachapa1988
Smt. Mercy Kuttan1989
Shri Deena Ram1990
Shri Bahadur Prasad1992
Km. K. Saramma1993
Mr. K.C. Rosa Kutty1994
Ms. Jyotirimoye Sikdar1995
Shri Shakti Singh1995
Shri Ajit Bhaduria1996
Shri Padmini Thomas1996
Smt. Reeth Abraham1997
Ms. Neelam J. Singh1998
Ms. Rachita Mistry1998
Capt. Shri Chand Ram, VSM1998
Shri S.D. Eshan1998
Shri Paramjit Singh1998
Shri Gulab Chand1999
Shri Gurmeet Kaur1999
Capt. Ris. Maj. (Retd.) Parduman Singh1999
Ms. Sunita Rani1999
Ms. K.M. Beenamol2000
Shri Milkha Singh2000
Smt. Rachana Govil2000
Smt. Vijaymala Bhanot2000
Smt. Anju Bobby George2002
Smt. Saraswati Saha2002
Smt. Soma Biswas2003
Smt. Madhuri Saxena2003
Shri Anil Kumar2004
Ms. J.J. Shobha2004
Ms. Manjit Kaur2005
Shri. K.M. Binu2006
Ms. Chitra K. Soman2007
Ms. Sinimil Paulose2009
Shri Joseph Abraham2010
Mrs. Krishana Poonia2010
Ms. Preeja Sreedharan2011
Shri. Vikas Gowda2011
Ms. Sudha Singh2012
Ms. Kavita Ramdas Raut2012
Ms. Tintu Luka2014
Ms. M.R. Poovamma2015
Ms. Lalit Babar2016
Ms. Khushbir Kaur2017
Shri. Arokia Rajiv2017
Ms.Hima Das2018
Shri. Neeraj Chopra2018
Shri. Jinson Johnson2018
Shri. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor2019
Shri. Mohammed Anas Yahiya2019
Ms. Swapna Barman2019
Mr. Arpinder Singh2021

Arjuna Award For Badminton

Below is a list of all the winners of the Arjuna Award For Badminton:

NameYear
Nandu Natekar1961
Meena Shah1962
Dinesh Khanna1965
Suresh Goel1967
Dipu Ghosh1969
Damayanti Tambay1970
Shobha Moorthy1971
Prakash Padukone1972
Raman Ghosh1974
Davinder Ahuja1975
Ami Ghia1976
Kanwal Thakur Singh1977-78
Syed Modi1980-81
Partho Ganguli1982
Madhumita Bisht1982
Rajeev Bagga1991
Pullela Gopichand2000
George Thomas1999
Ramesh Tikaram(Physically Challenged)2002
Madasu Srinivas Rao(Physically Challenged)2003
Abhinn Shyam Gupta2004
Aparna Popat2005
Chetan Anand2006
Rohit Bhakar(Physically Challenged)2006
Anup Sridhar2008
Saina Nehwal2009
Jwala Gutta2011
Ashwini Ponnappa2012
Parupalli Kashyap2012
P.V. Sindhu2013
V. Diju2014
Srikanth Kidambi2015
N. Sikki Reddy2018
B. Sai Praneeth2019
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty2020
Shri Lakshya Sen and Shri Prannoy HS2022

Arjuna Award 2022 Winners List FAQs

What is the Arjuna Award?

The Arjuna Award is one of the highest civilian honours bestowed by the Government of India. It was instituted in 1961 to recognize outstanding achievements in sports. The award carries with it a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll of honor.

Who can be nominated for the Arjuna Award?

Any Indian citizen who has achieved excellence in sports may be nominated for the award. The nomination must be accompanied by documentary evidence of the achievements of the nominee.

How are nominees selected for the award?

Nominees are selected by a committee consisting of representatives from various sporting bodies, including the Sports Ministry, Olympic Association, and National Sports Federations. The committee’s recommendations are then approved by a panel headed by the Prime Minister of India.

Who are some of the previous winners of the Arjuna Award?

Some notable previous winners include Sachin Tendulkar, PT Usha, Vishwanathan Anand, Mary Kom, and Saina Nehwal.

When was first Arjuna Award given?

In 1961, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports presented the First Arjuna Award.

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