The Sports Ministry on Thursday invited applications for the National Sports Awards 2021.
Eligible athletes, coaches, universities and other entities can nominate themselves for the prestigious award. The last date of submitting applications is June 21.
“In view of the current pandemic situation, the nominations for the National Sports Awards will be accepted online, this year,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“Last year the Sports Ministry had for the first time allowed for self nomination of applicants in view of the pandemic. This year too, self nomination will be allowed. National Sporting Federations will also nominate athletes for the top honours,” it added.
The National Sports Awards are given every year to recognise and reward excellence in sports. Last year, 74 recipients were bestowed with the awards.
The prize money was also increased significantly with the Khel Ratna awardees receiving Rs 25 lakh, Arjuna awardees Rs 15 lakh, Dhronacharya (Lifetime) Rs 15 lakh, and Dhyanchand winners Rs 10 lakh.
The notifications inviting nominations/applications for the sports awards have been uploaded on the website of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS).