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Sardar, Saba Anjum receive Padma Shri

Sardar, Saba Anjum receive Padma Shri
Indian men’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh and former skipper of the national women’s side Saba Anjum were on Monday conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.Both Sardar as well as Saba received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The 28-year-old Sardar made his debut for the senior team against Pakistan in 2006 and since then he has played more than 200 international matches and has successfully contributed towards Indian hockey.

Sardar is also the most sought-after player in the prestigious Hockey India League. Saba, on the other hand, was one of the most prominent forwards and represented India in the 2002 Asian Games, 2004 Asia Cup, Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006 and Junior World Cup in 2001.

Congratulating the duo on the honour, Hockey India president Narinder Batra siad: “Hockey India is delighted and proud of both Sardar Singh and Saba Anjum for being conferred with the Padma Shri Award on Monday. Sardar has been contributing selflessly to the national team and Indian hockey since he started playing for the country and under his leadership India won the gold at the Asian Games last year. Hockey India also congratulates Saba, who was one of the most prominent forwards of India and the world. Hockey India takes pride in congratulating both of them on this auspicious day.”

A delighted and proud Sardar Singh said: “It is a great honour for me and I would take this opportunity to thank Hockey India for giving me the support which boosted my morale.”
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