Considered the second most prestigious award to people in sports in India, the Arjuna Award is an honor to have. Most children dream of getting this award as it is named after the mythology personality – Arjuna. Due to his brilliance in archery and sportsmanship, this award is given to people of similar caliber. And today, we’re here to take a look at the topmost people who have gotten this award and made India proud in every aspect. Each renowned and acknowledged participant was nominated in 2023 and finally rewarded on 9th January 2024. The reception was attended by not only the award winners but also by many other famous personalities. Now that you’ve got the idea let’s take a quick swirl at what the full list of Arjuna Award Winners 2023 looks like.
Full List of Arjuna Award Winners 2023
As a matter of fact, there is more than one person who has been felicitated by this award in 2023, and thus that sums up to a total of 26. So, here’s check out what we have in store for you.
|Arjuna Award Winner Name 2023
|Aditi Gopichand Swami
|Ojas Pravin Deotale
|Krishan Bahadur Pathak
|Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
|Pavan Kumar Sehrawat
|Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar
|Harindar Pal Singh Sandhu
|Naorem Roshibina Devi
|Ajay Kumar Reddy
1. Sharpshooter Aditi Gopichand Swami
Aditi Gopichand Swami was one of the finest women in the world of archery. Only 17, she was recognized as the finest sportperson and thus, a profound winner of the most prestigious awards in India for sports. In 2023, she was felicitated and thus, made her parents proud.
2. Exemplary Athlete Murali Sreeshankar
Murali Sreeshankar is a long jump athlete who was nominated for the Arjuna Award 2023. He had the privilege of getting coached by his father, S. Murali who himself is a triple jumper sportsperson who won the silver medal in the South Asian Games. Since the age of four, Murali Sreeshakar would accompany his father when he would go for practice. In 2018, Murali Sreeshankar won bronze in the Asian Junior Athletics Championship and then was diagnosed with appendicitis. He overcame it, and today became one of the Arjuna award winners for winning silver for India.
3. Sniper Ojas Pravin Deotale
Now we have Ojas Pravin Deotale on our list. He is a brilliant archery and currently ranks in the entire world, too. Apart from paving his way to win the most prestigious award in India, Ojas Pravin Deotale managed to win many gold medals around the globe too. He has managed to make his way to the Arjuna Award Winner 2023 List too!
4. Athlete Parul Chaudhary
Parul Chaudhary Jhajj is greatly known for the five hundred meters and three hundred meters steeplechase. As a teenager, she had the practice of running barefoot. Parul Chaudhary is also qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics for her dedication to her field. In the year 2023, she is congratulated with the Arjuna Award.
5. G.O.A.T. Mohamed Shami
Quite a famous name in the world of cricket, Mohamed Shami is quite the name that people talk about. He is a fast-paced bowler and gained immense popularity among his fans for the recent World Cup, Asia Cup, and all other match formats. Being a vindictive player, he intermediates the batsman. Thus, his performance wasn’t kept away from the eyes of the country, and he received his Arjuna Award in 2023.
6. Strongest Mohammed Hussamuddin
Born on 12th February 1994 Mohammed Hussamuddin is claimed as one of the strongest athletes India ever had. Being an Arjuna award winner, we know about his perseverance and humble manners. In the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, he won the bronze medal in the Men’s 57kg Featherweight category. Mohammed Hussamuddin was born in Nizamabad, Telangana, to a family of boxers. His father, Samsamuddin, was his coach and well-wisher. His brothers, Ahteshamuddin and Aitesamuddin, are boxers too! They represented India at International boxing events. Mohammed Hussamuddin won four bronze medals for India- one in the Asian Championships, two in the Commonwealth Games, and one in the World Championships.
7. Skillful Anush Agarwalla
Very few people have taken horse riding as a full-time profession and dedicated their whole lives to it. But Anush was no different and finally won the Arjuna Award in 2023. This man is indeed an inspiration, and thus people who have any kind of love for horse riding will surely be inspired.
8. Equestrienne Divyakriti Singh
Arjuna Award winner and equestrian Divyakriti Singh was born on October 22nd, 1999. At the age of twelve, she was involved in horseback riding sports. She received her alma mater from one of the finest institutions- Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. Divyakriti represented India, in the Asian Games for Equestrian dressage and won the gold medal. She received appreciation from all over Asia and was ranked number one, according to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports dressage world raking for athletes.
9. Excellent golfer Diksha Dagar
One of the most deserving Arjuna award winners, Diksha Dagar was born on 14th December 2000. At the age of six, Diksha became hearing impaired. In an interview, she said that she considered Novak Djokovic (tennis player) and Tiger Woods (golf player) as her role models. She started playing golf at a very young age, and she also had an amateur golfing career at the age of twelve. In 2017, she won at the Women’s Pro Golf Tour. In this respective year, she also won silver in the Deaflympics. Her latest contribution to India was the gold medal she won in the Deaflympics in 2021.
10. Brilliant R. Vaishali
Vaishali belongs to a Tamil family and always possessed an interest in chess. More so, she had a sharp skill for chess, as her father would always encourage her to do so. Also, she has been winning several good awards. Now she has finally made it to the most prestigious award – the Arjuna Award in 2023 for chess.
11. Jock Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Born on 24th April 1997, Krishan Bahadur Pathak is a known Indian field hockey player who is also a goalkeeper in the Indian hockey team. Krishan Bahadur Pathak was of Nepalese origin but was born in a small village, Kapurthala, in Punjab. Krishan was never interested in sports as a child, but his father pestered him into it, saying he had the brains for it. At the age of twelve, Krishan Bahadur Pathak joined the Surjit Hockey Academy in Jalandhar. Today, Krishan won four gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze medals for India. We are proud of him!
12. Goalie Sushila Chanu
On the twenty-fifth of February, 1992, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam was born in Imphal, Meghalaya. Sushila is one of the Arjuna Award winners, and she is also the former captain of the Indian National Team. In 2002, Chanu was enrolled at the Poster Hockey Academy, in Manipur. Chanu won three gold medals, six bronze medals, and one silver medal for Team India.
13. Disciplined Pawan Kumar
The most expensive kabaddi player, with a net worth of reportedly two crores, is also a praiseworthy Arjuna Award winner. Nicknamed as High Flyer, Pawan represented India in three games- Asian Games, Asian Kabaddi Championship, and South Asian Games and won gold medals. He had a very simple lifestyle and was an employee of RBI. Pavan Kumar Sehrawat is regarded as the most valuable player in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League team.
14. Committed Ritu Negi
One of the Arjuna award winners, Ritu Negi was born on 13 May 1992 in a small village of Sharog, in Himachal Pradesh. In the 2018 Asian Games, Ritu Negi, and her team won the silver medal for India. In 2019, she won gold at the South Asian Games. On 9th January 2023, Ritu Negi is felicitated with the Arjuna Award. She got a prize of fifteen lakhs from the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for getting medals in the Games. Ritu Negi is married to Rohit Gulla, who is also a former kabaddi player.
15. Competitive Nasreen
Another deserving Arjuna award winner Nasreen Shaikh is also the second Indian kho-kho player to receive this award. Nasreen was born on 7th November 1998 in Shakurpur, Delhi. Nasreen represented India at the South Asian Games as the captain of the Indian kho-kho team. Nasreen maintained unity and strength in the team throughout the games, thus winning the gold medal for India. Her biopic is screened during the National League of Kho-kho (Ultimate Kho-kho League).
16. Energetic Pinki Pramanik
Pinki Pramanik was born on 10th April 1986, in the Purulia district of West Bengal. She is a well-known track and field sportsperson specializing in four hundred meters and eight hundred meters races. Pinki Pramanik won a lot of medals representing India, but the most appraised were the South Asian Games. In the South Asian Games of 2006, she won gold medals in all of them. Pinki won a total of six gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals for India. She was chosen to represent India at the IAAF World Cup. Her first achievements were at the age of seventeen.
17. Focused Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar
Indian professional shooter Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar is one of the Arjuna Award winners of 2023. He was born on 3rd February 2001 in Khargone district, Madhya Pradesh. As a child, Tomar went hunting with his father, and since then, he has learned about shooting. He was interested in shooting, and then later, in 2015, he enrolled in the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy. He won a total of fourteen medals, seven gold medals, two silver medals, and five bronze medals for India. His recent achievements include three gold medals and one silver medal in the World University Games.
18. Gifted Esha Singh
Born on 1st January 2005, Esha Singh is an Indian Amateur shooter. She is from Hyderabad, Telangana. She won a total of eleven medals for India, out of which- six were gold medals, four were silver medals, and one bronze medal. In her recent success, she represented India in the 2023 World Championships.
19. Motivated Harindar Pal Singh Sandhu
Professional Indian squash player Harindar Pal Singh Sandhu was born on 31st March 1989 in Chandigarh, India. Harindar Sandhu is an excellent squash player and presently, he is ranked as World’s Number 115, at the peak of his career. In April 2018, he was ranked at Number 47 in the world. Harindar Sandhu has won nine medals for India- of which three are gold, four are bronze, and two are silver. His recent encounter was a mixed doubles game in the 2016 World Doubles Championships, where his commendable performance won a bronze medal.
20. Outstanding Ayhika Mukherjee
One of the persevering Arjuna award winners, Ayhika Mukherjee is an Indian table tennis player. Ayhika was born on 10th June 1997 in Naihati, West Bengal. She represented India in the Asian Games and South Asian Games. In the South Asian Games, she won three silver medals and one gold medal. In the Asian Games, Ayhika Mukherjee won the bronze medal. Sutirtha Mukherjee, a childhood friend and a co-player of women’s doubles, helped Ayhika win bronze for India. Ayhika Mukherjee is delighted to receive the Arjuna Award in 2023.
21. Persevering Sunil Kumar
Sunil Kumar was born on 29th September 1999. Sunil is an Indian wrestler and he represented India in the Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling. In 2020, he won gold for India by lifting a hefty load of eighty-seven kilograms. In 2022, he won bronze for lifting eighty-seven kilograms. His strength definitely deserved appreciation; hence he received the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2023.
22. Skilled Antim Panghal
India’s first ever under-twenty world wrestling champion, Antim Panghal received the Arjuna award in 2023. Born on 31st August 2004, Antim Panghal is only nineteen years old. Antim Panghal won a total of eight medals for India, out of which three were gold medals, two were silver medals, and three were bronze medals. Her latest achievement is lifting fifty-three kilograms of weight in the 2022 Asian Games and winning the bronze medal for India. Antim Panghal is from a small village of Hisar in Haryana. The valiant and consistent nature of Antim made her one of the most commendable Arjuna Award winners.
23. Challenging Naorem Roshibina Devi
Naorem Roshibina Devi was born on 30th December 2000, in the Bishnupur district of Manipur. Naorem Roshibina represented India in three games in Wushu. In 2016, she represented India in the World’s Junior Wushu Championship and won a bronze medal. In 2018, she won a bronze medal at the Asian Games. In 2019, she represented India in the South Asian Games and won a gold medal. Recently, in the 2022 Asian Games, she represented India and won a silver medal.
24. Rigorous Sheetal Devi
Another admirable Arjuna award winner- Sheetal Devi was born on 10th January 2007, in Kistwar, Jammu, Kashmir. Sheetal was born with a congenital condition known as phocomelia. Even then her bravery and valor made her the first and only para-archery champion who lacked her upper limbs. Sheetal Singh represented India in the Asian Para Games and won two gold medals and one silver medal. Her winning the medals is truly praiseworthy. Another interesting fact about Sheetal Singh is that she can climb trees by only using her legs.
25. Challenging Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy
Ajay Kumar lost his vision as a child due to an unfortunate accident. At twelve, he was sent to a blind school named Lutheran High School for the Blind. Today, Ajay Kumar is known as the captain of the India National blind cricket team. He is born in Marchala, a small village in Andhra Pradesh. He is being awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award 2023 for his determination to win in life, amidst all the struggles. One of the most deserving Arjuna Award winners is Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy.
26. Enthusiast Prachi Yadav
Prachi Yadav was born on 29th May 1995 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. She is an Indian Paracanoe sportsperson who was felicitated with the Arjuna Award in the year 2023. Prachi was a para swimmer at first, but after the suggestion from her coach, Virender Kumar Dabas, Prachi switched to paracanoe.
The Arjuna Award is one of the most significant awards an Indian can ever receive, and hence every Indian must know and respect the Arjuna Award winners. Since all the award winners have worked day and night to get this respect and honor, we must also show them decency.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1. Who was the first man to receive the Arjuna Award?
Ans. The first man to ever receive the Arjuna Award was Krishna Das in 1961, in archery.
Q2. Which female Cricketer first won the Arjuna Award?
Ans. Shanta Rangaswamy was the first woman ever to receive the Arjuna Award in the year of 1976
Q3. In which year Virat Kohli was honored with the Arjuna Award?
Ans. On August 31st, 2013, Virat Kohli was honored with the Arjuna award.
Q4. In which year Sachin Tendulkar was honored with the Arjuna award?
Ans. On 29 August 1998, Sachin Tendulkar was honored with the Arjuna Award.
Here is the Arjuna Award 2023 Winner List:-