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Final list out; Rohit, Vinesh among 5 athletes to receive Khel Ratna

Final list out; Rohit, Vinesh among 5 athletes to receive KhelRatna
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Final list out; Rohit, Vinesh among 5 athletes to receive KhelRatna

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Star India batsman Rohit Sharma is among the five athletes who will receive the country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, for 2020.

New Delhi: Star India batsman Rohit Sharma is among the five athletes who will receive the country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, for 2020.

This will be the first time in the history of National Sports Day awards that five sports persons will be conferred with the Khel Ratna. The Selection Committee for National Sports Awards 2020 on Friday confirmed that cricketer Rohit, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, women's hockey captain Rani Rampal, table tennis star Manika Batra and para athlete MariyappanThangavelu will be conferred with the prestigious award on August 29 on the occasion of National Sports Day.

Rohit will be the fourth cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni and ViratKohli to be conferred with the award. Tendulkar was awarded the KhelRatna in 1998,Dhoni got it in 2007 while Kohli received it in 2018.

Also, 27 athletes, including cricketer Ishant Sharma, will get the Arjuna Award on August 29.

Interestingly, Sakshi Malik and MirabaiChanu's names were removed from the final list. Their names were earlier recommended for Arjuna Award.

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