Bajrang Punia has been embellished with the Civilian Order Padma Shri with the aid of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games gold-medallist wrestler is most of the nine sportspersons and 112 prominent achievers of maximum order to be adorned with the celebrated Padma Awards. The awardees come from the fields of the civilian provider like training, sports, art, common carrier, etc. The awards had been distributed in units of 56 men and women at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today (Monday). The other 56 will be embellished on March 16 (Saturday). Bajrang Punia, Sharath Kamal and Harika
Dronavalli has been the various first batch to get hold of the honor from the President. Punia, who won returned to lower back gold medals on the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games closing year, has also bagged a silver medal at World Championships and a bronze medal on the Asian Championships final yr. Table Tennis ace Kamal had a stellar 2018 as he bagged as many as four medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. He gained an elusive gold medal inside the Men’s group occasion and captured silver and bronze medals in Men’s Double, Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles categories respectively. Indian Kabaddi team captain Ajay Thakur changed into also honored with the Padma Shri for his elite services to the game. India gained the Kabaddi Masters match in Dubai remaining year underneath his management. Punia remaining yr has been in avoidable headlines after being denied maximum sports honor Rajiv Khel Ratna in spite of his Asian Games and Commonwealth Games overall performance. Perturbed with the abject apathy of the government, the ace wrestler had pondered taking the legal route to defend his interest. He, however, later modified his mind and frivolously moved out of the controversy. The fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri incorporates a quotation, certificates and a medallion given below the hand and the seal of the President of India.