Double Olympic medallist PV Sindu was honoured by Padma Bhusan, the country’s third highest civilian award. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to India’s ace badmintion player at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the Padma Awards ceremony as 119 awards were presented to winners.
Sindhu attended the Padma Awards ceremony on Monday and said he is honoured to have been conferred with the prestigious award for distinguished service of a high order to the country.
“It is a proud moment. I am thankful to the Government of India. These awards give us a lot of encouragement, support and motivation. I have some upcoming tournaments, I will give my best in them,” Sindhu was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Sindhu has also gifted a top-quality badminton racket to Union Law Minister and former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The minister took to Twitter to upload the video .
Meanwhile, India’s hockey captain Rani Rampal received the Padma Shri award from President Kovind along with India women’s football star Oinam Bembem Devi.