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Bajrang Punia, Sharath Kamal, Harika Dronavalli conferred with Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind

Sharath Kamal (L), Harika Dronavalli (R). (Source: @rashtrapatibhvn). Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2019, 01.13 PM (IST)

For distinguished service in sports, table tennis player Sharath Kamal, chess player Harika Dronavalli and Wrestler Bajrang Punia received Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. 

Harika is among the world's top-ranked chess players and has lead Indian women squads to several chess championships. 

Sharath Kamal is a renowned name in table tennis, he has won over 60 international medals in the past 16 years. 

Bajrang is a World Championship silver and bronze medallist besides winning gold at Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018. 

Forty-seven prominent personalities were conferred the Padma awards by President Kovind during a ceremonial function at Rashtrapati Bhawan.  

As many as 112 personalities were selected for this year's Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. 

The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a Home Ministry official said. 

The Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian awards of the country -- are conferred in three categories: the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. 

Here is the list of sportspersons to get Padma awards this year:

Padma Bhushan

Bachendri Pal - Mountaineering

Padma Shri

Gautam Gambhir - Cricket

Harika Dronavalli - Chess

Sharath Kamal - Table Tennis

Bambayla Devi - Archery

Prashanti Singh - Basketball

Ajay Thakur - Kabaddi

Bajrang Punia - Wrestling

Sunil Chhetri - Football