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Seven sportspersons from the Indian sports fraternity have been awarded the prestigious Padma awards for the year 2021 on Monday.
Seven sportspersons from the Indian sports fraternity have been awarded the prestigious Padma awards for the year 2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed on Monday. Regarded as one of the highest civilian awards of the country, the prestigious Padma Awards are conferred in three categories - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri.
P. Anitha (Padma Shri), Mouma Das (Padma Shri), Anshu Jamsenpa (Padma Shri), Madhavan Nambiar (Padma Shri), Sudha Hari Narayan Singh (Padma Shri), Virender Singh (Padma Shri), KY Venkatesh (Padma Shri) have been awarded the prestigious award in the sports category for the year 2021. Every year, the award winners are announced on the eve of Republic Day (January 25). The Padma Awards are felicitated by the President of India in the month of April or March.
For the year 2021, the Padma awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind in the ceremonial functions which will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, President Kovind has approved the conferment of 119 Padma Awards. The Padma award list for the year 2021 comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri Awards. While 29 of the awardees are women, the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees, and 1 transgender awardee.
The list of awardees in the sports category:
P Anitha (basketball), Mouma Das (table tennis), Anshu Jamsenpa (mountaineering), Sudha Singh (athletics), Virender Singh (wrestling in deaf category), KY Venkatesh (para-athlete), and Madhavan Nambiar (athletics coach).