Sports Ministry has taken a huge stride forward by sending an all-women list to the home ministry for the prestigious Padma awards.
Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom has been recommended for the Padma Vibhushan award, country’s second-highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna. This is also the first time that a woman athlete’s name has been put forward for the coveted silverware.
Apart from Mary and Sindhu, the ministry has recommended seven other women athletes this time around for the national honour. The other seven women in this year’s list have all been recommended for the Padma Shri are – champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis star Manika Batra, cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur (T20Is), hockey captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik.