13.20 IST: The glittering ceremony ends with National Anthem. 13.15 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Purushkar (Identification and nurturing of young talent) to Hockey Citizen Group, Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club, Usha School of Athletics, STAIRS. 13.00 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Dhyan Chand Award to Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey), Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing) 12.55 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Arjuna Award to Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics), Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey), Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics), Virender Singh (Wrestling – Deaf) Delhi: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat conferred with Arjuna Award by President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/OEyzbhSU11 ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Arjuna Award to Raghunath V.R. for Hockey pic.twitter.com/VbKGil5iSe ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: Footballer Subrata Paul conferred with Arjuna Award by President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/EOPt7ZYtHb ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Arjuna Award to Lalita Shivaji Babar for Athletics pic.twitter.com/CX8fs4x7vH ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 201612.45 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S Pradeep Kumar (Swimming), Mahabir Singh (Wrestling) with Dronacharya Awards.Raj Kumar Sharma (Coach of Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma) conferred with Dronacharya award by President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/pYOh9R5SHYadvertisement ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Dronacharya Award to Bishweshwar Nandi (Coach of Dipa Karmakar) pic.twitter.com/TMY35vmxO9 ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 201612.40 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai with Khel Ratna awards.LIVE: #PVSindhu and #DipaKarmakar receive #KhelRatnaAward from President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/pBoIlSisRj Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 29, 2016LIVE: #SakshiMalik (Wrestling) and #JituRai (Shooting) receive #KhelRatnaAward from President Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/BFdNjjM5QM Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 29, 201612.30 IST: The coverage of the event has begun. Stay with us. Meanwhile, here’s a list of the awardees.Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016PV Sindhu – BadmintonDipa Karmakar – GymnasticsJitu Rai – ShootingSakshi Malik -Wrestling Dronacharya Awards 2016Nagapuri Ramesh – AthleticsSagar Mal Dhayal – BoxingRaj Kumar Sharma -CricketBishweshwar Nandi – GymnasticsS. Pradeep Kumar – Swimming (Lifetime)Mahabir Singh – Wrestling (Lifetime) Arjuna Awards 2016Shri Rajat Chauhan – Archery Lalita Babar – Athletics Shri Sourav Kothari -Billiards & SnookerShiva Thapa – Boxing Ajinkya Rahane – CricketSubrata Paul – Football Rani – Hockey Raghunath V.R. – Hockey Gurpreet Singh – ShootingApurvi Chandela – Shooting Soumyajit Ghosh – Table Tennis Vinesh Phogat – Wrestling Amit Kumar – Wrestling Sandeep Singh Mann – Para-Athletics Virender Singh – Wrestling (Deaf) Dhyan Chand Award 2016Ms. Satti Geetha – AthleticsShri Sylvanus Dung Dung – HockeyShri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke – Rowing 12.10 IST: On the eve of the National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu at his residence in New Delhi.He also met the Khel Ratna awardees, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, and Tenzing Norgay awardees.Later, the Prime Minister said in a tweet that every Indian is proud of these athletes and that a major role in the success of every athlete is the perseverance of their coaches..@PMOIndia @narendramodi meets Khel Ratna Awardees of 2016, @Pvsindhu1, @SakshiMalik, @DipaKarmakar and @JituRai pic.twitter.com/fpkxUwVT3L All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 28, 201612.00 IST: Apart from this, 15 sports persons have been chosen for Arjuna Awards, among them are Olympian runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, boxer Shiva Thapa and wrestler Vinesh Phogat.Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke will be given the Dhyanchand Award.11.55 IST: Six coaches will be honoured with Dronacharya Awards, including Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi, Nagapuri Ramesh for athletics, Sagar Mal Dhayal for boxing and Raj Kumar Sharma for cricket.The Dronacharya Award for Lifetime contribution will be given to S. Pradeep Kumar for swimming and Mahabir Singh for wrestling. 11.50 IST: Welcome to our Live Coverage of the National Sports Awards. Stay tuned for all the latest updates. Brief Preview: President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the national sports awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan today to celebrate the occasion of National Sports Day.The day is celebrated to honour legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh who was born on 29th August, 1905.Olympics Silver medalist Badminton player PV Sindhu, Bronze medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards.advertisementThe award is given for the most outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of four years.