The 2017 Padma Awardees list is out! Is your favourite sportsperson in?

Amid tumultuous speculations and false announcements, the 2017 Padma awardees list was released today. And there were quite a number of sportspersons on the list.

We hate to break it to you, but MS Dhoni didn’t make the cut. Nor did PV Sindhu, the 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medallist in Bandminton.

So who is on the list? Well we snooped around the official Padma Awards site and got the list for you. Here you go.

Awardee Sports
Virat Kohli Cricket
Shekar Naik Cricket
Vikasa Gowda Discus Throw
Deepa Malik Athletics
Mariyappan Thangavelu Athletics
Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
P R Shreejesh Hockey
Sakshi Malik Wrestling

 

Virat Kohli

He’s the man we see on billboards, TV commercials and cricket stadium alike. The captain of the Indian cricket team, now that MS Dhoni has handed over the reins. Virat Kohli’s kick-ass skills has landed him the top-spot in the ICC cricket rankings for T20. He claims the 2nd spot of the ICC cricket rankings in ODI and Test. No doubt, Kohli’s spot on the awardee list is well-earned.

 Shekar Naik

While cricket is the sport for which a billion hearts bleed blue, fandom for blind cricket hasn’t seen much traction. It’s not that the Indian Blind Cricket team lacks skills. Karnataka’s Shekar Naik led the blind team to win us the T20 World Cup in 2012. More recently he helped India lift the 4th ODI World Cup Championship in 2014, held at South Africa. This national recognition for Shekar Naik will surely bring focus on this rather neglected side of cricket and help it win the adulation it deserves.

 Vikasa Gowda

Did you know that Vikas Gowda is the only Indian male to win a track-and-field gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the last 50 years? Unfortunately, he failed to qualify in the 2016 Rio Olympics and couldn’t make a splash in the Olympic scene. The champion discus thrower, Gowda is also the national record-holder with a best of 66.28 metres.

Deepa Malik

She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games and won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put. Deepa Malik is a true inspiration as notwithstanding physical difficulties she struggled and emerged as a force to reckon with in Paralympic sports. She was previously honored with the Arjuna award in 2012, and the Padma award is another feather in her cap.

Mariyappan Thangavelu

From the streets of Salem, TN to the podium at Rio, Brazil, this is the journey of Mariyappan Thangavelu, the first Indian to win a gold medal in the high jump event in Paralympics. The 21-year-old scripted history with his win in Rio last year, and this Padma award is definitely well-deserved. His life is being captured on the celluloid in a Tamil film, starring Dhanush.

Dipa Karmakar

She is the girl who brought the deadly Produnova back in vogue! Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. Though she put up a spirited performance at Rio, she couldn’t bag the coveted medal. That doesn’t diminish her contribution to the sport and the nation salutes her fierce determination and spirit.

P R Shreejesh

This award brings back the spotlight on Hockey, India’s national sport, that is often overshadowed by Cricket. PR Shreejesh is the captain of the Indian Hockey team and the goalie too. He won the Arjuna Award for Hockey in 2015. He led the team to win the 2014 Asian Games and clinch the silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sakshi Malik

The 24-year-old Sakshi Malik is the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. She ended India’s medal drought in the 2016 Rio Olympics, by winning the bronze on Day 11. Malik had previously won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and bronze at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships. Fun Fact: She works for the Indian Railways and got promoted from senior clerk to gazetted officer rank post her Olympic win.

We hope you liked this roundup of 2017 Padma Awardees. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi usually around March/ April every year. Our hearty wishes to all the awardees and wish them the best in all their future endeavors.

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