Tennis ace Leander Paes and three other Olympians were felicitated for their significant contribution in the field of sports in Delhi on Tuesday.
Apart from Paes, former Olympic hurdler Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, three-time winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan and cycling gold medallist in the Special Olympics at Shanghai, Rushi Gulati, were honoured on at the launch of the 2008 edition of Limca Book of Records.
"It is nice to get recognised for something you have done. It is a good platform for the unsung and unheard heroes," Paes said.
"I think other corporates should also come up and support other sports and reach out to rural India and encourage players to take up sports," he added.
The Limca book, which has a special chapter on Indian Olympians this year, carries stories on Indians in different fields like medicine, science, radio, television, transport, communications, literature and cinema.
Chairman Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Sports Committee and Coca-cola India CEO Atul Singh said, "We have come up with the Hindi version of the book along with the English and we also plan to translate it into regional languages so that it can reach far and wide."
Shiva Keshavan (extreme left), Leander Paes, Rushi Gulati (second from right), Coca-cola India CEO Atul Singh and G S Randhawa at the launch of the Limca Book of Records.
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