The Sports Ministry sent its first-ever all-women list of recommendations for this year’s Padma Awards, naming six-time world champion MC Mary Kom for Padma Vibhushan and ace shuttler PV Sindhu for Padma Bhushan.
According to the Times of India, the six-time world champion boxer, becomes the first woman athlete to be recommended by the Sports Ministry for the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s highest civilian honour after Bharat Ratna.
36-year old Mary Kom will become the fourth sports personality to receive the Padma Vibhushan after chess great Vishwanathan Anand in 2007, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in 2008 and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary in 2008. Mary Kom won the Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Padma Shri in 2006.
Reigning World Badminton champion Sindhu has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. The 24-year old shuttler had received the Padma Shri in 2015.
Among the others who have been recommended for the Padma Awards are wrestler Vinesh Phogat, India women's T20 cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur, India hockey captain Rani Rampal, Commonwealth Games gold medalist paddler Manika Batra, mountaineering twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik
The recommendations have been sent to the Padma awards committee, which will announce the names of the selected awardees on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations early next year.