The sports ministry invites nominations for the National Sports Awards by email

NEW DELHI: The Sports ministry on Tuesday told applicants for this year's Nacional Sports awards email your nominations in light of emergency shutdown contain the COVID-19 pandemic as it began the process to select multiple honors, including the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna .

the process, which usually begins in April, was pushed to this month because of the emergency shutdown , which is into its third phase and will end on May 17.

"Due to emergency shutdown on account of outbreak of COVID-19, hard copies of nominations are not required to be sent. Scanned copies of nominations duly signed by the applicant and recommending authority may be sent before last date of submission," read a ministry circular.

The last nomination submission date was set for June 3.

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Nominations received after the last date will not be entertaining. The ministry will not be responsible for any delay, the circular said.

the National Sports awards Cover multiple aspects.

the athletes are rewarded through the Arjuna and Khel Ratna, which is the country's highest sporting honour.

the Droncharya Award covers excellence in coaching, while the Dhyan Chand Award honours lifetime contributions.

Para the premios Arjuna y Khel Ratna de este año, se tendrán en cuenta las actuaciones de enero de 2016 a diciembre de 2019. Como siempre es el caso, no se considerarán atletas con drogas.

Athletes who have been penalized or against whom the investigation is pending/ongoing for the use of drugs/substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) based on a sample collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) ... no be eligible for the Prize, the ministry stated.

the Khel Ratna comes with a prize money of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna awardees are presented with Rs 5 lakh.

Last year, the Khel Ratna was shared by Paralympic Deepa Malik and star wrestler Bajrang Punia.