Nine Sports personalities received the Padma Awards on the occasion of India’s 73rd Republic Day, including gold-medalist Neeraj Chopra. The past year has been great for Indian Sports, after some incredible displays in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2021.
While congratulating Devendra Jhajaria- the Padma Bhushan awardee, and Neeraj Chopra- The Padma Shri awardee- who won the gold medal for India in Javelin Throw- Sports Minister Anurag Thakur made a huge error.
In his tweet, instead of tagging the athlete Neeraj Chopra, Thakur accidentally tagged some other user with the same name. The athlete’s Twitter handle is @Neeraj_chopra1 but Thakur tagged @NeerajChopra in his post.
Here is Anurag’s Thakur’s tweet:
My hearty congratulations to each one of them.Their contributions will definitely inspire others, particularly the budding sportspersons.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 25, 2022
Neeraj Chopra took to social media to thank everyone for their wishes on winning the Padma Shri Award. He also congratulated every other winner of the Padma Awards.
Meanwhile, the Olympic Gold medalist is training at the Chul Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in the USA. He is preparing for the 2022 Common Wealth Games, Asia Games, and the World Athletics Championship.
Neeraj Chopra’s message to his fans after winning the Padma Shri:
पद्म श्री अवार्ड और परम विशिष्ट सेवा मेडल से सम्मानित किए जाने की खबर सुन के मुझे बेहद खुशी हुई। आप सभी के सपोर्ट और आशिर्वाद के लिए बहुत धन्यवाद। मेरी मेहनत और प्रयास हमेशा ही अपने देश के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ परफॉर्मेंस देना ही रहेगा 🙏🏽 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/2KOSd70BL5
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) January 25, 2022
The other recipients of the Padma Awards in the field of Sports are:
Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin) – Padma Bhushan
Sumit Antil (Javelin) – Padma Shri
Pramod Bhagat (Badminton) – Padma Shri
Neeraj Chopra (Javelin) – Padma Shri
Sankaranarayana Menon Chundayil (Kalaripayattu) – Padma Shri
Faisal Ali Dar (Martial Arts) -Padma Shri
Vandana Kataria (Hockey) Padma Shri
Avani Lekhara (Shooting) – Padma Shri
Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (Football) – Padma Shri