IMAGE: PV Sindhu is conferred the Padma Bhushan — the country’s third-highest civilian award by President Ram Nath Kovind. Photographs: Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports/Twitter
India’s sports stars including badminton P V Sindhu was conferred the Padma Bhushan — the country’s third-highest civilian award, while women’s football icon Bembem Devi, archer Tarundeep Rai and women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal were conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.
Sindhu has already been the recipient of Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth-highest civilian award and Khel Ratna award in 2016. The badminton ace created history as she became the first woman from India to win two Olympic medals, when she won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Games earlier this year.
“It is a proud moment. I am very thankful to the Government of India, all of the ministers and President sir for giving me this award. I am very very happy, these kinds of awards give us a lot of encouragement, support and motivation to do much better in the coming future,” PV Sindhu said after receiving the Padma Bhushan award.
“Definitely I would work hard and give my best. I have some upcoming tournaments, so I hope I do well and give my best in them,” she added.
IMAGE: Archer Tarundeep Rai is conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Archer Tarundeep said that being conferred with Padma Shri is a big honour for him and he will strive to maintain the sanctity of the particular accolade.
“I want to thank the Government of India and the entire archery fraternity. I will strive to maintain the sanctity of this award and I will perform my role fully. It is a big honour and some legends of the sport were given this honour earlier. Archery has undergone many changes, I am sure more and more people will take up the sport,” Tarundeep said.
IMAGE: India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal is conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind.
India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was also honoured with the Padma Shri. Rani had led the women’s hockey team at the Tokyo Olympics, where they narrowly missed out the bronze medal.
Former captain of the Indian women’s football team Bembem Devi was also honoured with the Padma Shri.
IMAGE: Former India women’s football captain Bembem Devi is conferred with the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind.