Some of India’s renowned sports personalities lived their proud moment today. Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir along with four more sports veterans received the honour of Padma Awards from President Ram Nath Kovind for their incredible contribution to the sports world.

Gambhir was conferred with the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri along with Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri, archer Bombayla Devi Laishram and ace basketball player Prashanti Singh at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

Along with Gambhir, wrestler Bajrang Punia, table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal, Kabaddi star Ajay Thakur and chess player Harika Dronavalli received their Padma awards on March 11, 2019, in a separate ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Total 112 personalities received the honour this year out of which 56 were awarded on Monday and rest on Saturday. The first ever Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, Bachendri Pal was awarded the third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

Asian Games gold medalist wrestler Bajrang Punia also took to Twitter and expressed his feelings with pride, “I am feeling elated and honoured having received this award from our honourable President. I want to share this award with my parents, all my coaches, friends and well-wishers. All this has been possible only because of their support, teachings and love”. The Indian freestyle wrestler has recently won gold in Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov tournament at Bulgaria and dedicated his victory to Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured by Pakistani Army during the aerial fight between both the countries.

Padma Awards are conferred with three different categories namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These awards are given for superlative achievements in various fields and disciplines.