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India’s sports minister Anurag Thakur makes a huge blunder while tagging Neeraj Chopra in his congratulatory Twitter post

9 recipients (from field of sports) have been selected to be felicitated with Padma Awards this year on Republic Day.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 26 January 2022 10:31 am

It has been a great day for India in sports after it was announced that 9 recipients (from field of sports) have been selected to be felicitated with Padma Awards this year on Republic Day. The country witnessed some incredible performances in Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2021 and the fantastic accomplishments are deservingly set to get honoured by the Government of India.

While Devendra Jhajharia will receive the Padma Bhushan Award, Neeraj Chopra – who won a historic Gold medal in Tokyo – has been named as the recipient of Padma Shri Award. As sports minister Anurag Thakur shared a post on Twitter to congratulate the athletes, he, unfortunately, made a huge blunder.

The 47-year-old, by mistake, mentioned someone else instead of javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra in his post. Notably, the official handle of the Olympic Gold medalist is @Neeraj_chopra1 but Anurag Thakur tagged @NeerajChopra which led to the error.

Check out Anurag Thakur’s post:

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Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra (on his official Twitter handle) expressed his delight on being named as the recipient of the prestigious award. The 24-year-old thanked everyone for their good wishes and blessings and promised everyone that he will continue to work hard to bring glory to the country.

Recipients (Sports) of Padma Awards

Shri Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin) – Padma Bhushan

Shri Sumit Antil (Javelin) – Padma Shri

Shri Pramod Bhagat (Badminton) – Padma Shri

Shri Neeraj Chopra (Javelin) – Padma Shri

Shri Sankaranarayana Menon Chundayil (Kalaripayattu) – Padma Shri

Shri Faisal Ali Dar (Martial Arts) – Padma Shri

Ms. Vandana Kataria (Hockey) – Padma Shri

Ms. Avani Lekhara (Shooting) – Padma Shri

Shri Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (Football) – Padma Shri

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