1. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and hockey stalwart Sardar Singh has been included in a 12-member committee constituted by the sports ministry to select this year's National Sports Awards winners. 2. The Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik is also a part of the panel. 3. Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma had been appointed by the ministry as the Chairman of the Committee. 4. Just like last year, the ministry opted for a single selection committee to pick the awardees among both athletes and coaches. 5. The National Sports Awards are given away every year on August 29, the birth anniversary of hockey icon Dhyan Chand. This year the awards function might be delayed by a few months because of the coronavirus pandemic.