In pictures: 2019 Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award winners

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was conferred upon wrestler Bajrang Punia, and Paralympic athlete, Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be honoured with the award. For the Arjuna award, a total of 19 athletes were nominated. The Dronacharya award (regular and lifetime category) had six nominees; the Dhyan Chand award was presented to five athletes.

President Kovind confers the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2019 upon Deepa Malik in recognition of her outstanding achievements in Para-Athletics. Her major wins include: - Bronze Medal (Javelin Throw) in Asian Para Games 2018. - Silver Medal (Shot Put) in Paralympic Games 2016. Photo: KS
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Ajay Thakur for his achievements in Kabaddi. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award 2019 upon Chinglensana Singh Kangujam for his achievements in Hockey. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Fouaad Mirza for his achievements in Equestrian. Photo: Twitter (@rashtrapatibhvn)
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award 2019 upon Gaurav Singh Gill for his achievements in Motor Sports. Photo: Twitter (@rashtrapatibhvn)
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for his achievements in Football. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Harmeet Rajul Desai for his achievements in Table Tennis. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Pooja Dhanda for her achievements in Wrestling. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award 2019 upon Poonam Yadav for her achievements in Cricket. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award 2019 upon Pramod Bhagat for his achievements in Para-Badminton. Photo: Twitter (@rashtrapatibhvn)
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Shri S. Bhaskaran for his achievements in Body Building. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth for his achievements in Badminton. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Shri Simran Singh Shergill for his achievements in Polo. Photo: Twitter (@rashtrapatibhvn)
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award 2019 upon Sonia Lather for her achievements in Boxing. Photo: Kamal Singh
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President Kovind confers Arjuna Award, 2019 upon Swapna Barman for her outstanding achievements in Athletics. Photo: Kamal Singh
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Sanjay Bhardwaj Dronacharya Award, 2019 (Life Time) for his achievements in Cricket coaching. He has trained many cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Amit Mishra, Joginder Sharma, Reema Malhotra, Rumeli Dhar, Nitish Rana, Unmukt Chand. Photo: Kamal singh
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Vimal Kumar receives the Dronacharya Award, 2019 for his achievements in the field of Badminton coaching. He has trained many badminton players like Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponappa, P. Kashyap, Ajay Jayram, Aparna Popat and Lakshya Sen. Photo: Kamal Singh
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