In a ceremony marked by prestige and accomplishment, the nation gathered on January 9, 2024, to witness the Arjuna Awards for the year 2023.
Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, graced the occasion to bestow the honors upon a remarkable assembly of 26 outstanding sportspersons, each having left an indelible mark on their respective fields.
The highlight of the awards was the astounding success of Indian athletes at the Asian Games 2023, where the nation scripted history by securing over 100 medals in a single edition of the event.
The Arjuna Awards, a testament to their hard work and dedication, recognised these athletes for their exceptional contributions to the world of sports. Check the full list of Arjuna Awards Winners in 2023.
Cricket Brilliance: Mohammed Shami’s Wicket-Taking Prowess Acknowledged
Mohammed Shami received the Arjuna Award for his exceptional performance during the World Cup 2023. Shami’s prowess as the leading wicket-taker was instrumental in India’s journey to the final, where they valiantly faced Australia in a hard-fought battle.
Paralympic Glory: Sheetal Devi’s Triumph in Para Games
Adding a touch of inspiration to the ceremony was Sheetal Devi, the world’s first armless woman archer. Her extraordinary achievements in the Para Games in Hangzhou, where she clinched three medals, stood as a testament to her resilience and determination.
Shooting Stars: Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Esha Singh Shine Bright
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Esha Singh, instrumental in India’s spectacular performance in shooting at the Asian Games 2023, were rightfully acknowledged with the Arjuna Award. Their combined efforts contributed significantly to India’s impressive tally of 22 medals in the discipline.
Chess Maestro: R Vaishali Among the Honorees
The list also featured R Vaishali, showcasing the diversity of sports represented. As the sister of the prodigious 18-year-old chess player Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Vaishali’s inclusion highlighted the depth of talent within Indian sports.
Versatility on Display: Ayhika Mukherjee and Naorem Roshibina Devi Recognized
Ayhika Mukherjee, who secured the bronze medal in women’s doubles alongside Sutirtha Mukherjee, and Naorem Roshibina Devi, the silver medalist in Hangzhou, added further dimensions to the varied accomplishments celebrated during the ceremony.
Full List of Arjuna Award winners 2023
|Ms Aditi Gopichand Swami
|Shri Ojas Pravin Deotale
|Shri Sreeshankar Murali
|Ms Parul Chaudhary
|Shri Mohameed Hussamuddin
|Ms R Vaishali
|Shri Mohammed Shami
|Shri Anush Agarwalla
|Ms Divyakriti Singh
|Ms Diksha Dagar
|Shri Krishan Bahadur Pathak
|Ms Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu
|Shri Pawan Kumar
|Ms Ritu Negi
|Shri Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar
|Ms Esha Singh
|Shri Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
|Ms Ayhika Mukherjee
|Shri Sunil Kumar
|Ms Antim Panghal
|Ms Naorem Roshibina Devi
|Ms Sheetal Devi
|Shri Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy
|Ms Prachi Yadav