Arena of Arjuna Awards
+ In India, there are a lot of sports that have been considered as the mainstream or most popular sports. Amongst these sports Athletics,Hockey, Cricket, Football, Boxing, Chess, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Volleyball, Shooting, etc. are the leading. However, there are some other sports as well that might not be that much popular but that have been played in India for quite a very long period of time. Some of these are Equestrian, Rowing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Archery, Judo, Golf, Kabaddi, Carrom, Billiards and Snooker etc.
Eligibility to achieve Arjuna Awards
In recent times, Government of India has modified the scheme for the Arjuna Award. The revised guidelines states that a sportsperson will be considered eligible for receive the Arjuna Award if that player has shown sportsmanship, leadership, discipline qualities. Further, that sportsman should have had a good performance record constantly at the international level for the past three years.
Categories of Arjuna Awards
Since the year 2001, the Arjuna Award is awarded in cases of the categories including Sports for the Physically Challenged, Commonwealth Games/ Olympic Games/ World Championship Disciplines/ Asian Games/ World Cup and also in the category of Indigenous Games. During the middle of August 2011, as many as 19 Indian athletes had received the Arjuna Awards, and during 2012, 25 sportspersons were granted the Arjuna Awards. Arjuna Awards are given in following categories like
Arjuna Awardeees in India
Some of the noted Arjuna awardees in India are Krishna Das, Limba Ram, Rajat Chauhan, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Sandeep Singh Maan, M. R. Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Amit Kumar Saroha, Nandu Natekar, Ami Ghia, Madhumita Bisht, George Thomas, Ashwini Ponnappa, Srikanth Kidambi, Geethu Anna Jose, Anuja Prakash Thakur, Dharmendra Singh Yadav, Shiva Thapa, Sandeep Rawat, Abhijeet Gupta and many others received Arjuna Awards.