On the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day, the government announced the recipients of the Padma Shri award. There are seven people from the field of sports among the 102 Padma Shri awardees. No sportsperson was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan this year.
The seven sportspersons who have been awarded are veteran table tennis player Mouma Das, legendary PT Usha’s coach Madhavan Nambiar, former India women’s basketball team captain P Anitha, long-distance runner Sudha, former Indian wrestler Virender Singh, para-athlete KY Venkatesh and mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa.
Mouma Das, the veteran table tennis player, added the Padma Shri to her list after having already won the Arjuna Award in 2013. Mouma Das has won 5 medals in Commonwealth games across 3 editions. Moreover, she has also won
She became the second table tennis player after Achanta Sharath Kamal to win the illustrious Padma Shri. Sharath Kamal was honoured with the award in 2019.
“I became a mother in December 2019 and didn’t get to play after that because of the COVID pandemic. This honour will give me extra motivation to come back stronger and win more laurels for the country,” she said to PTI
OM Nambiar, former coach of athlete PT Usha can add the nation’s 4th highest civilian award to the Dronacharya award, which he won in 1985.
Long-distance runner Sudha Singh, an Arjuna award winner in 2013, represented India in the 2012 and 206 editions of the Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase event. She bagged medals in the Asian Games in the same event. The 34-year-old also holds the national record for the event.
Virender Singh is a silver medallist in the Commonwealth Championship in 1995. The boxer had won the medal in the 74kg, freestyle category. He also won a bronze medal in the 1992 World Wrestling Championship.
KY Venkatesh is a para-athlete holding a record in the Limca Book Of Records. He won the most number of medals in the 2005 edition of the World Dwarf Games.
Anshu Jamsenpa is the first woman in the world to scale the Mount Everest twice in a season.
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