Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Olympic Silver Medalist PV Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand are set to receive Padma Bhushan after getting clearance from government. Padma Bhushan is India’s third highest civilian honor and the central government are set to honor a number of people for their incredible services to the nation across various fields on the Republic Day.
Dhoni recently stepped down as captain of the Indian team in the limited-overs. Under him, team India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ICC World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
He has already won Padma Shri in 2009. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old PV Sindhu has been the story of 2016 after her impressive show in Rio Olympics. She also won her first super series title and it should be fair to say she has raised her game to a new level last season.
In 2015, Sindhu won the Padma Shri award and became the youngest ever to be honored with the fourth highest civilian award.
Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand will also receive the honor as he has been relentless in putting badminton as an attractive sport in the country and has been working hard for over 20 years to generate stars like Saina, Sindhu over the years, who have made the nation proud on a numerous occasions.
Government sources suggest around 120 people are in the list to be honored with Padma awards on Republic Day, which include personalities across all the fields for their immense contribution for the nation.