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Sports Ministry hands over trophies to winners of National Sports Awards 2020

Sports Ministry yesterday handed over trophies to the winners of National Sports Awards 2020 at function held in New Delhi. All the winners of the National Sports Awards had already received the cash awards but were not able to collect their trophies and citation during last year’s event as the Sports Awards ceremony was held virtually owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 29th August last year, the Sports Ministry handed over a total of 74 National Sports Awards, including 5 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna Awards.

Yesterday, award  function  was attended by many awardees, including Hockey Player Rani Rampal,  Wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Para Athletes  Mariyappan Thangavelu, who received the prestigious Khel Ratna Award.

Addressing the awardees Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur said, the National Sports Awards is a prestigious award that is won by athletes after years of dedication and hard work.

He said, we must also continue to look for talented athletes, groom them and make them capable of winning medals at the International level. Mr Thakur requested all the athletes to take the pledge of grooming and training at least five such athletes who can win medals for the country in future.

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