Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and multiple world champion cueist Pankaj Advani conferred with the country's third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.
Dhoni, the former India captain, who led the nation to titles triumphs in the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, received the third highest civilian award in the country for distinguished service of high order in the sporting arena.
Pankaj Advani, the undisputed king of billiards and snooker having bagged the world title 18 times, has also been conferred with the Padma Bhushan.
Four sportspersons have been chosen for the Padma Shri award. The 2017 World Weightlifting Champion in the 48kg category, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who won the World Championship gold medal last year was conferred with the Padma Shri award.
Manipuri weightlifter Chanu claim to fame includes silver medal in the women's 48kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.
But her real claim to fame came last year when she lifted a world record of 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) to win the gold in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States.
Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, former Asian Games and Commonwealth Games tennis gold medallist Somdev Dev Varman and former Paralympian Murlikant Petkar have also been awarded the Padma Shri.
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