Virat Kohli was awarded with prestigious award “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna” award for his brilliant contribution in the field of cricket on 25 September, 2018.
With this award, Kohli has become the third player who won Khel Ratna award after Sachin Tendhulkar and Mahender Singh Dhoni.
Normally, the sports award ceremony is celebrated on 29 August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Hockey legend, Dhyan Chand. But this year it was pushed to September 25 to avoid clashing of dates with the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on 2 September, 2018.
Weight lifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was also conferred with the country’s highest honor in the field of sports. President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the duo at the annual Sports Awards ceremony.
Sprinter Hima Das, Jaelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won “Arjuna” award along with 20 more sports persons who were present.