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Arjuna Award 2023: Full list of the Indian sportspeople conferred with the prestigious award

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The President of India, Droupadi Murmu conferred the Arjuna Award to 26 Indian sportspeople on 9th January, 2024. Rashtrapati Bhavan was the venue where the sportspeople were given the second-highest sports honour in the country.

The list of 26 athletes primarily consists of representatives from the Asian Games 2023 and 2023 Asian Para Asian Games where India recorded their best-ever tally. Earlier, the 2023 Asian Games saw India return with 103 medals with 28 Gold, 38 Silver, and 41 Bronze medals. The Para Games contingent, also, returned with 111 medals with 29 Gold, 31 Silver, and 51 Bronze medals.

The youngest winner this year is Para Archer Sheetal Devi (16), who won 2 Gold and 1 silver medals in Hangzhou. Prachi Yadav (Para Canoeing) and Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy (Blind Cricket) were other para sportspeople who received the award. 43-year-old Lawn Bowls star Pinki Kaushik Singh was the oldest awardee this year.

The third woman Grandmaster from India, R. Vaishali, who is also the sister of grandmaster R. Pragnananandhaa, was also bestowed with the honour.

Here’s the complete list of the award winners:

AthletesDisciplineAge
Aditi Gopichand SwamiArchery17
Aishwary Pratap Singh TomarShooting22
Antim PanghalWrestling19
Anush AgarwallaEquestrian24
Ayhika MukherjeeTable Tennis26
Diksha DagarGolf23
Divyakriti SinghEquestrian Dressage24
Esha SinghShooting19
Harinder Pal Singh SandhuSquash34
Illuri Ajay Kumar ReddyCricket33
Krishan Bahadur PathakHockey26
Mohameed HussamuddinBoxing29
Mohammed ShamiCricket33
Murali SreeshankarAthletics24
Naorem Roshibina DeviWushu23
Nasreen ShaikhKho-Kho25
Ojas Pravin DeotaleArchery21
Parul ChaudharyAthletics28
Pawan KumarKabaddi27
Pinki Kaushik SinghLawn Bowls43
Prachi YadavPara Canoeing28
R VaishaliChess22
Ritu NegiKabaddi31
Sheetal DeviArchery16
Sunil KumarWrestling24
Sushila ChanuHockey31
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