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Women Empowerment: 9 Women Athletes Nominated for Padma Awards

For the first time in the Indian sports world, all nine athletes nominated by the Sports Ministry for the 2020 Padma Awards are women. This is definitely a matter of pride not only for the Indian sports world but also for every Indian woman and every Indian citizen who believe in women empowerment.

Great thinker Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar quoted the following thoughts, before 20 years of independence .

I measure the progress of a community

by the degree of progress which women have achieved

That dream is now seen to be fulfilled.

The Indian Sports Ministry has sent a list of the names of 9 Indian athletics to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which contains the names of Indian women players who done great deeds in the field of sports. In which there is no recommendation to nominate any male player.

Indian Republic Day, i.e. on 26th January. On the eve of this day, Padma awards are given to the people who made the greatest achievements in their field.

Name of the players
Nominated for Awards
Name of the sports
Mary Kom
Padma Vibhushan
P. V. Sindhu
Padma Bhushan
Vinesh Phogat
Manika Batra
Table Tennis
Harmanpreet Kaur
Rani Rampal
Suma Shirur
Tashi Malik
Nungshi Malik

All these 9 women players has made India proud in their respective sports. Let's know more about them-

Mary Kom
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Mary Kom (born: 1 March 1963), also known as Super Mom, is an Indian female boxer. Mary Kom, who hails from the state of Manipur, has been the winner of world boxing competition 8 times. He won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He won gold in the 2010 Asian Games bronze and the 2014 Asian Games.

The most important thing is that Padma Vibhushan is considered the most honorable award after Bharat Ratna. Mary Kom is the fourth player nominated for this award and the first woman player. Earlier these 3 players have received the award Vishwanathan Anand (chess), Sachin Tendulkar (cricket), Sir Edmund Hillary (mountaineering).

Biography of Mary Kom has always emerged as an inspiration for Indian women. Another name for the struggle is Mary Kom. That is why a film starring Priyanka Chopra was also made on her biography.

P. V. Sindhu
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Pusarla Venkat Sindhu (born: 5 July 1995) is a world-ranked Indian women's badminton player and is the first player from India to win a women's singles badminton silver medal in the Olympic Games. Sindhu has won the China Open title in November 2016.

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu has named this title for the first time by registering a stunning victory in the final of the World Badminton Championship. She is also the first Indian shuttler to win the World Championship. In the final, he defeated Japan's Nozumi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7.

In the semi-final match held on 24 August 2019, he defeated China's Chen Yu Fei 21-7 21-14. Sindhu ended the opposition Chinese challenge in straight sets within 39 minutes.

 Earlier, he has received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (India's highest sports award 2016), Padma Shri (India's fourth highest civilian award 2015) at the Arjuna Award (2013).

Vinesh Phogat
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Vinesh is the niece of famous Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (wrestler and senior Olympic coach).

She won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She won a bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games. she represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games but due to injury, she had to leave the match midway.

Manika Batra
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Manika Batra is an Indian table tennis player. As of April 2014 she is India's highest seeded female table tennis player and was ranked 47th in the world (January 2019). She represented India in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Manika has led the Indian women's team to a historic four-time gold medal win at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast (Australia) and in the final against defending champions Singapore.

Harmanpreet Kaur
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Harmanpreet is an all rounder Indian woman cricketer. In 2017, she was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award. In November 2018, she became the first woman from India to score a century in the Women's Twenty20 International.

She is the daughter of famous volleyball and basketball player Harmander Singh Bhullar.

For India she has played 2 Tests, 86 Women's One Day International Matches and 77 Twenty20 Internationals.

Rani Rampal
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Rani is an Indian hockey player. She is called the 'queen' of Indian hockey. She was the youngest (15 years) player of the Indian hockey team participating in the 2010 World Cup. She is the captain of the Indian women's hockey team. She played a key role in getting India a silver medal during the 2009 Asia Cup.

She also received the Player of the Tournament title in the Junior Hockey World Cup 2013.

Rani born in  Shahbad Markanda, Haryana, has struggled and conquered by battling with the crisis on the strength of her courage and hard work. Rani's father runs a tanga for a living. Rani is the youngest among siblings in the family. Rani has two elder brothers. Elder brother works as an assistant in a shop. After her performance, Rani got a job as a clerk in the railway and taking care of the family as well as the Indian Hockey team.

Suma Shirur
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Suma is a former Indian shooter who holds a joint world record in the 10-meter air rifle event, scoring a maximum of 400 points in the 2004 Asian Shooting Championship Kuala Lumpur qualification round, it is a world record. In 2003, he was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India.

Tashi & Nungshi Malik
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On 19 May 2013, she successfully climbed Mount Everest, becoming the first twin sisters in the world to do so. Guinness World Records included the twins in their 60th edition for the first time climbing Everest together. Tashi and Nungshi are the names of the twins who have completed the Adventure Grand Slam challenge.

The Adventure Grand Slam involves the challenge of climbing the highest 7 (Mount Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Mount Vinson, Puncak Jaya) mountains along the South Pole, North Pole.

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