Six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom has been recommended for the Padma Vibhushan award, country’s second-highest civilian honor after the Bharat Ratna. The Sports Ministry is also discussing eight other female athletes for the Padma Awards.
Recently crowned World Champion P.V. Sindhu has been suggested for the Padma Bhushan Award.
The other seven athletes – ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Indian women’s cricket team T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the women’s hockey team Rani Rampal, shooter Suma Shirur, ace peddler Manika Batra and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik – have been suggested for the Padma Awards.
As per the reports, these names have not yet been approved by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Once approved, the names will be sent to the Padma Awards Committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs.