Why is the Dronacharya Award given?

Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000.

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 (from the Hindu epic Mahabharata).

Behind every player who brings a medal back home, or performs extremely well in his/her sport, there is one person who puts in an equal amount of hard work to achieve this success. And that is the coach; the person who leaves no stone unturned to make sure that his/her players are giving their best.

This award is given on August 29th every year, the birth anniversary of hockey legend, Dhyan Chand which is celebrated as National Sports Day.

To reflect upon

In today’s times it is the prominent sportspersons who get the limelight. However the people who trained them are often ignored or unknown. What do you feel about this.

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