Dhyan Chand Award for Life-time Achievement Sports and Games


  • Dhyan Chand Award for Life-time Achievement Sports and Games is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, named after legendary field hockey player Major Dhyan Chand.


  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

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  • To honor sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports even after their retirement.
  • To motivate persons who have contributed their lifetime to sports and sports promotion.
  • To encourage broad basing of and development of excellence in sports in the country.


  • A sportsperson should have had good performance at international level and continued to contribute to promotion of sports even after retirement.
  • Should have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and sense of discipline.
  • Should not have been penalized or against whom enquiry is pending or going on for use of drugs/substances banned by WADA.
  • Sportspersons who have already been conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award or Dronacharya Award are not eligible.


  • A statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash award of ₹10,00,000 will be presented to the winners.

Implementation Strategy:

  • Nominations are accepted till 30 April or last working day of April.
  • Usually, the award is conferred upon not more than three sportspersons in a year.
  • Ministry will make necessary character verification prior to finalizing the names of the awardees.
  • Awards will be presented at a function to be held at a place and on a date determined by the Government.
  • The decision of the Government of India shall be final and no appeal shall lie against them.
  • Nominations are invited from various organizations such as NSFs, BCCI, and Sports Control/Promotion Boards of various Government Organizations.
  • The authorized signatory for sending nominations is specified for each organization.
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