The National Sports Awards 2018 were announced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Union on September 20, 2018.
Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world weight champion Mirabai Chanu will be conferred along with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018 award, India’s highest sporting honor.
In 2018, the Ministry received many numbers of nominations for these awards. Nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympic athlete, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, sports journalists, experts and sports administrators.
• The Selection Committee for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Awards was chaired by Judge Indermeet Kaur Kochhar (former High Court Judge of the High Court of Delhi).
• The Selection Committee for the Dronacharya Awards and the Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Judge Mukul Mudgal (Former President of the High Court of the Punjab and Haryana High Court).
• The Selection Committee of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary (Sports).
• The Selection Committee for the MAKA Trophy was directed by Ashok Kumar, former Olympic athlete.