Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu has been conferred with the Padma Bhushan award which happens to be India's third-highest civilian honour. She is also the first and only Indian woman to date to have two Olympic medals to her credit. She achieved the feat when she bagged a bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games held earlier this year. She defeated China's He Bing Jiao in straight games to bring home a bronze medal at the Olympics.
Sindhu received the honour from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were all present on the occasion.
The video of Sindhu receiving the prize from the President is doing the rounds on the internet.
Check out the video here:
Notably, the Padma awards are among the highest civilian honours of India and are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The award is given under as many as three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). It should be noted that the award wants to recognise achievements in all activities or disciplines which involves an element of public service.
A total of 119 Padma Awards are to be presented by the President this year (for 2021) which includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 among the awardees are women, 16 are set to receive the honour posthumously while 1 transgender awardee will be recognised.
Meanwhile, Sindhu has already won several other major awards including the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award as well as the Padma Shri - which is India's fourth-highest civilian award.
Padma Bhushan 2020 winners list
M Mumtaz Ali (Others)
Syed Muazzem Ali (Public Affairs)
Muzaffar Hussain Baig (Public Affairs)
Ajoy Chakrabarty (Art)
Manoj Das (Literature)
Balkrishna Doshi (Others)
Krishnammal Jagannathan (Social Work)
SC Jamir (Public Affairs)
Anil Prakash Joshi (Social Work)
Tsering Landol (Medicine)
Anand Mahindra (Trade & Industry)
Nellakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon (Public Affairs)
Manohar Parrikar (Public Affairs)
Jagdish Sheth (Literature)
PV Sindhu (Sports)
Venu Srinivasan (Trade & Industry)