Indian female boxer Mary Kom has been recommended for Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honor and this will be for the first time in the history of Indian sports that a female athlete is being recommended for the same.
Another striking factor for this year's award is that all the nine athletes that have been recommended by the Sports ministry are females.
At the same time, P V Sindhu has also received the nomination for Padma Bhushan, which is regarded as the third highest civilian award in India. Even though she was nominated, she missed out leaving her fans disappointed.
Earlier, the Padma Vibhushan was given to three male sportsperson such as Viswanathan Anand (Chess) in 2007, Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket) in 2008 and Sir Edmund Hillary (Mountaineer) in 2008.
Apart from Mary Kom and P V Sindhu, the other seven female candidates in the list that are recommended for Padma Shri include Vinesh Phogat (Wrestler), Manika Batra (table tennis), Harmanpreet Kaur (cricket), Rani Rampal (hockey), Suma Shirur (shooter) and Tashi and Nungshi Malik (mountaineers).
All the recommendations have been forwarded to the committee for Padma awards at the ministry of home affairs (MHA). MHA will later announce the name of those who are selected for the award during the Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2020.
The 36 year old Mary Kom was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member in April 2016, based on the recommendation from the BJP government. Now Mary Kom is all set to qualify for her second Olympics in 2020, which will be held in Tokyo. Earlier, Mary Kom had clinched a historic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Last year, the boxer also secured her world title in the 48 kg category at home and this is a record sixth time victory for her.