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Paes, Yuvraj, Vidya, Haasan honoured with Padma awards

Squash player Dipika Pallikal, former Indian women’s cricket captain Anjum Chopra, Sunil Dabas (kabaddi), Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu (mountaineering), H Boniface Prabhu (wheel chair tennis) and Mamta Sodha (mountaineering) were the other sports persons selected for this year’s Padma Shri awards.

Former CSIR chief Dr R Mashelkar and yoga guru BKS Iyengar were chosen for the Padma Vibhushan awards.

Actor Kamal Haasan will be awarded the Padma Bhushan, while Bollywood actor Vidya Balan figured in Padma Shri award list.

The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service. The Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, is given for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. These awards are conferred upon by the President at a ceremonial function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Leander Paes, who had earlier been presented the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award, is the most successful tennis player in the country with 14 Grand Slam title, eight men’s doubles and six mixed doubles.

Last season when he won his 14th major at the US Open, he became the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title. Paes, hero of India’s numerous Davis Cup wins, also won India’s first Olympic medal in singles at the Atlanta Games in 1996, when he won a bronze. With compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, he ruled the tennis world in the late 90s.

Gopichand, one of the finest badminton player to have emerged from the country, is the second renowned sports personality to have been conferred with the Padma Bhushan honour this year.
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