New Delhi: The Indian 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.
The Manipur boxer, who is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, becomes the first woman athlete to be recommended by the Sports Ministry for 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.
Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships in August, has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. The 24-year old Hyderabadi shuttler had got the Padma Shri in 2015.