Award in India – Dronacharya Award
Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 to honour eminent coaches who have done outstanding and meritorious work on consistent basis, to motivate them to dedicate themselves with a singularity of purpose for raising the standards of sportspersons to highest performance in international events and bring glory to the country. The award is given to those who have produced outstanding achievements consistently during three years preceding the Award. Those who have contributed their life time to sports and sports promotion are also considered for this award. Every awardee is given a cash prize of Rs.2.50 lakhs along with a bronze statue of Dronacharya, a scroll, a suit, a blazer and a tie.
Dronacharya Award is an award presented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India for excellence in sports coaching.The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and a cash component of Rs.500,000. The award was instituted in 1985.
As the best sportsperson award is named Arjuna Award, it is appropriate that the coaching award is named after Dronacharya, as he was the teacher of Arjuna. B.I. Fernandez is the first foreign coach to be awarded Dronacharya Award.
New Delhi: Despite training three Commonwealth Game gold medallists, women`s wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat has been ignored for the Dronacharya Award for the third consecutive year.
The Dronacharya Award selection committee, headed by Ajit Pal Singh, that met here Monday nominated greco-roman wrestling coach Mahavir Prasad, G. Manoharan (boxing), Jose Jacob (rowing), N. Lingappa (athletics) and Gurcharan Singh Gogi (judo) for the prestigious awards.
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) secretary-general Raj Singh told IANS that the federation had nominated Phogat, Prasad and men`s national coach Vinod Kumar for the award. Kumar was overlooked due to a clerical error in his form but the reason behind overlooking Phogat was not immediately known.
Phogat was upset after missing out on the prestigious award for the third year running. His elder daughter Geeta had given the nation the first gold medal from the sport in 2010 Commonwealth Games. His another daughter Babita Kumari and niece Vinesh won gold medals in last month`s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Phogat wondered why he was ignored for the Dronacharya Award.
“This is frustrating. This is the third time I have been ignored for the Dronacharya Awards. But I have given records in cadet, junior and senior level consistently. I just want to know what is the basis of giving the awards,” Phogat told IANS.
“If I don`t get it now when will I get it? Next year, they may come up with some another reason,” he added.
Even Babita was upset after she learnt that her father was overlooked again.
“After we won the gold medals in the Glasgow Games, we were expecting the Dronacharya Award for my father. He has given consistent results in the last four years. Girls who are training under him are winning medals consistently at cadet, junior and senior tournaments,” Babita told IANS.
WFI secretary-general Raj Singh also wondered why Phogat was ignored but said that Prasad was a deserving candidate.
“Mahavir is a deserving candidate for the Dronacharya.