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Virat Kohli, Sakshi Malik among eight sportspersons chosen for 2017 Padma Shri award

New Delhi: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was among the eight sportspersons who were on picked for the prestigious Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian award.

File photo of Virat Kohli. Reuters

File photo of Virat Kohli. Reuters

Besides Kohli, the seven other sportspersons named for the award are Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik, Paralympians Mariyappan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and blind cricket team captain Shekar Naik.

Kohli recently took over as the captain of the Indian cricket team in all the three formats of the game after Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as skipper of the limited-overs side. The prolific batsman is among the most feared in world cricket right now.

Sakshi won a bronze in the women's 58kg wrestling in the 2016 Olympics, while Thangavelu and Deepa Malik bagged a gold and silver in the men's high jump T-42 and women's shot put F53 categories respectively at the Rio Paralympics.

Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in women's vault gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics while Sreejesh was the captain of the Indian hockey side that reached the quarter-finals.

Gowda, the reigning Commonwealth and Asian champion, failed to advance beyond the qualifying round in men's discus throw at Rio.

The eight sportspersons were among 89 Padma awardees announced by the government on the eve of the Republic Day. There were no sportspersons in the list of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardees.

There were 75 names in the list of Padma Shri recipients.


Updated Date: Jan 25, 2017 19:33 PM

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