The Sports Ministry has recommended the name of MC Mary Kom for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award. This is the first time ever that the ministry has recommended the name of a woman athlete for the country’s second highest civilian honour.
Besides Mary, the Ministry has recommended PV Sindhu’s name for the Padma Bhushan award. In August, she became the first Indian to win the world championship.
The Ministry has recommended nine names for the Padma awards, and interestingly, all the nine athletes are women.
The other seven women – Vinesh Phogat, table tennis star Manika Batra, T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, hockey captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik have all been recommended for the Padma Shri.