New Delhi: The sports ministry, in its bid to avoid controversies, Friday issued fresh guidelines for selection of sportsperson for the Arjuna Awards.According to the new guidelines, 90 per cent weightage would be given to winners of medals at various international championships and sports events of disciplines covered in Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. The new guidelines will come into effect from this year.

Winners of medals in Olympics and Paralympics will automatically be considered for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna or Arjuna Awards, depending on the type of medal won, if they have already not been conferred with either of the two top awards.
The sports ministry has worked out its own formula according to which 90 marks will be given to the sportsperson getting maximum points. Rest of the sportspersons will be given marks proportionately.

For example, if a sportsperson ‘A’ has got highest points, say 45 points as per the formula, and another sportsperson ‘B’ has got 40 points, then ‘A’ will get 90 marks and ‘B’ will get (90×40/45) 80 marks.The sports ministry has also decided to give 10 percent weightage to the marks given by the selection committee for assessment of the eligible sportsperson keeping in view factors like profile and standard of the sports events in which he/she has won medals and qualities like leadership, sportsmanship, team sprit, fair play, sense of discipline.

For cricket and indigenous games, not included in Olympic, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games disciplines, the selection committee will recommend the number of awards.

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