Mary Kom becomes first woman athlete to be nominated for Padma Vibhushan, PV Sindhu shortlisted for Padma Bhushan

  • Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis player Manika Batra nominated for Padma Shri
  • Indian women’s T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur also named for Padma Shri

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 star shuttler PV Sindhu for Padma Bhushan.

Mary Kom was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013.

According to sports ministry sources, apart from these two, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis player Manika Batra and women’s T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur have been shortlisted for the Padma Shri award.

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.

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.

Captain of women’s hockey team Rani Rampan also nominated for Padma Shri:Apart from Vinesh, Manika and Harmanpreet, the names of women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters Tashi and Nungshi Malika were also sent for the Padma Shri. The names of the award winners will be announced on the eve of Republic Day next year.