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Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty Smash their Way to Khel Ratna Award

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Badminton stars Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, prominent players from Star India, are set to be honored with the Khel Ratna award on January 9, as confirmed by the Sports Ministry on Wednesday. The finalized list of athletes and coaches to be recognized by President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been released by the sports ministry. Over the past few years, Chirag and Satwik have consistently demonstrated exceptional performance for India. They have earned numerous accolades, including gold at the Asian Games, bronze at the World Championships, and silver at the Commonwealth Games.

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The recipients of this year’s Arjuna Award encompass a diverse group of accomplished athletes. Among them are cricketer Mohammed Shami, hockey players Krishan Bahadur Pathak and Sushila Chanu, archers Ojas Pravin Deotale and Aditi Gopichand Swami, boxer Mohammad Hussamuddin, chess player R Vaishali, golfer Diksha Dagar, shooters Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Esha Singh, wrestlers Antim Panghal and Sunil Kumar, paddler Ayhika Mukherjee, and para-archer Sheetal Devi, to name a few.

The awards nominees were selected by a government panel on December 13, with the ministry approving five coaches for the regular category and three for the lifetime category of the Dronacharya award. Additionally, three individuals will be honored with the Dyan Chand Award in the lifetime category. The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy for 2023 will be awarded to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Lovely Professional University, Punjab, and Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, secured the positions of first and second runner-ups, respectively.

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