New Delhi: Iconic wrestler-turned-coach Satpal was yesterday named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, while national hockey team captain Sardar Singh was among the five sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri awards.
Sardar Singh and PV Sindhu
Women's badminton player PV Sindhu, former women's hockey player Saba Anjum, Arunima Sinha — the first woman amputee mountaineer to climb Mount Everest, and Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj were the other sportspersons selected for this year's Padma Shri awards.
The Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian awards of the country, are given for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.
These awards are conferred by the President at a ceremonial function at Rashtrapati Bhawan here. Satpal was conferred the Arjuna Award in 1974, Padma Shri in 1983, and the Dronacharya award in 2009 in a glittering career both as a player and coach.
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