New Delhi: In a move that could give a boost to the Indian contingent’s performance and also ensure that Olympic medallists get immediate recognition, the Sports Ministry on Tuesday said that medal winners at the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016, will not have to wait for next year and will be considered for this year’s Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards.

“Medal winners in team events, who have played stellar roles in the medal won by the team for the country in Rio Olympics 2016 such as number of goals scored, number of goals saved etc., and who have already not been conferred with Arjuna Award in the past will be considered for Arjuna Awards,” the Ministry said.

The athletes who emerge victorious in individual events will be considered for the prestigious Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India, while those who shine bright in team events will be considered for the Arjuna Award that carries a cash prize of Rs 500,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.

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