The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has recently unveiled the recipients of the prestigious ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar‘ for the year 2023. These awards are a testament to the commendable contributions made by corporate entities, Sports Control Boards, NGOs, and sports bodies at the State and National levels towards the promotion and development of sports in India.
Award Ceremony Details
The distinguished awardees will be honored by the President of India in a grand ceremony scheduled to take place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 9th January 2024. This special occasion will witness the recognition of entities that have played a visible role in fostering sports across various domains.
The application process for the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ involved online submissions. Sportspersons, coaches, and entities were given the opportunity to self-apply through a dedicated Online Portal. The extensive response to the call for applications in 2023 reflects the widespread enthusiasm and engagement in the field of sports promotion and development.
Inclusive Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2023
The selection committee, chaired by Smt. Sujata Chaturvedi, Secretary (Sports), Government of India, comprised members from previous awardees, industry associations, sports journalists, experts, commentators, Secretary (Sports) of State Government, Indian Olympic Association, and Non-Governmental Organizations actively involved in sports.
Core Awards of India’s National Sports Awards
The ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ is one of the six core awards that constitute India’s National Sports Awards. The other five include the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award (Khel Ratna), the Arjuna Award, the Dronacharya Award, the Major Dhyan Chand Award, and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, also known as the MAKA Trophy.
Awardees for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2023
1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding/Young Talent
Entity: Jain Deemed to be University, Bengaluru
Recognizing the commendable efforts of Jain Deemed to be University in identifying and nurturing young talent, this award highlights the institution’s commitment to the growth and development of budding athletes.
2. Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility
Entity: Odisha Mining Corporate Limited
Odisha Mining Corporate Limited has been acknowledged for its outstanding contribution to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), emphasizing the role of corporate entities in supporting and promoting sports at the grassroots level.
Awardees’ Honors from the President
As the awardees prepare to receive their honors from the President of India, the ceremony on 9th January 2024 promises to be a momentous occasion, recognizing the pivotal role played by these entities in shaping the future of Indian sports.
Important Questions Related to Exams
1. Which entity received the award for ‘Identification and nurturing of budding/young talent’?
A. Odisha Mining Corporate Limited
B. Jain Deemed to be University, Bengaluru
C. Indian Olympic Association
2. What is the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy also known as?
A. Khel Ratna
B. Dronacharya Award
C. MAKA Trophy
3. Which category does Odisha Mining Corporate Limited receive the award for?
A. Khel Ratna
B. Dronacharya Award
C. Encouragement to sports through CSR
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