Dronacharya Award – Coaches of Sports and Game

Dronacharya Award - Coaches of Sports and Game

The Dronacharya Award, is officially known as “Dronacharya Award” granted for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games.

This award is a sports coaching honour of the Republic of India.

The award is named after “Guru Drona”, often referred as “Dronacharya” or “Guru Drona”.

a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata of ancient India.

He was master of advanced military warfare and was appointed as the royal preceptor to the “Kaurava” and the “Pandava” princes for their training in military arts and astras shastra. ( The Divine weapons).

It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

The Recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured to have done the
“outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events” over a period of four years.

2 awards are designated for the lifetime contribution in coaching where the achievements in producing
“outstanding sportspersons” over a period of 20 years or more are considered.

As of 2020, the award comprises a bronze statuette of “Dronacharya” with a certificate, and a ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of ₹15 lakh (US$21,000).

The first recipients of the award were is

“Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat” for outstanding performance in “Wrestling”.

“Om Prakash Bhardwaj” for “Boxing”, and

O. M. Nambiar for “Athletics”, who were honoured in 1985.

Usually conferred upon not more than 5 coaches in a year.
But in the year 2012 and 2016–2020.
more than 5 recipients were awarded in a year.

The award Instituted in 1985.
the award is given only to the disciplines included in the events like
Olympic Games,
Paralympic Games,
Asian Games,
Commonwealth Games,
World Championship and
World Cup along with Cricket,
Indigenous Games, and the Parasports.

The nominations for a given year are accepted till 30 April or last working day of April month each year.

In case of cricket, the nominations are received from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as there is no National Sports Federation recognised by the Government.

The ten-member committee evaluates the nominations, and later submits their recommendations to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for further approval.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is a branch of the Government of India which administers the Department of youth affairs and the Department of Sports in India.

“Kiren Rijiju” is the current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, who is in the capacity of Minister of State.

The Sports Authority of India

The Sports Authority of India (SAI)
Or “भारतीय खेल प्राधिकरण” is the national sports body of India, it is established in 1982 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India for the development of sport in India.

There are Two “SAI Sports Academic” institutions are situated in India named

“Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports” situated in Patiala in Punjab State.

and “Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education” situated in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala State.

conducting research and running certificate to “PhD” level courses in physical education and sports medicine.

the “National Institute of Sports” (NIS) was set up for the development of sports at the Motibagh Palace grounds in Patiala.

On the 23 January 1973, it was renamed “Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports” (NSNIS).

The Sports Authority of India originated with the committee formed to host the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.

On the date of 1 May 1987, the “Society for National Institute of Physical Education and Sports” (SNIPES) was merged with SAI.

and as a result, “the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports” (NSNIS) at Patiala and its allied centres at
Kolkata and
Gandhinagar and
the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram also came under SAI.

Guru Droṇa

In the epic Mahabharata, “Guru Droṇa” or Droṇāchārya was a royal preceptor to the “Kauravas” and “Pandavas”.

He was the friend of “Guru Sukracharya”,

Guru Sukracharya was the guru of “Asuras”, and he was also guru of “Mahabali”.

“Dronacharya” was the son of rishi Bharadwaja, and a descendant of sage Angirasa.

He was a master of advanced military arts, including the divine weapons or Astras, shastra.

He was also the second commander- in- chief of kaurava army from 11th day to 15th day of Mahabharata youddh (war).

He failed 4 times in capturing Yudhisthira.
On 11th, 12th day, 14th day when Arjuna was busy fighting to kill Jaydratha and 14th night.

He was beheaded by “Dhrishtadyumna” when he was meditating to release his soul on the battlefield in Mahabharata war.


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