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Prashanti Singh named among Padma Shri awardees

Prashanti Singh at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Prashanti Singh at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. (Getty Images)

Prashanti Singh, one-fifth of India's famed 'Singh sisters', has been named as a recipient of the Padma Shri award, the Indian government announced on the eve of the nation's 70th Republic Day (26th January).

The Padma Shri is the fourth-highest honor presented to a civilian after the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan. The 'Padma' awards were first instituted in 1954 and were awarded to Indian citizens to recognize their contribution in various spheres of activity such as arts, education, industry, science, sports, literature, medicine, social service, and public affairs.

In this year's announcement, Prashanti Singh was one of eight sports personalities who were among 94 people listed as Padma Shri recipients.

Prashanti Singh is the most decorated women's basketball player in India with 23 medals to her name in National Championships, Federation Cups, and National Games in India.

She even has a film based on her life - Boskey Basketball Banaras.

Although the Padma Shri is the highest honor bestowed upon Prashanti, it isn't the only award she has received.

In 2017, she was honored with the Arjuna Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. She was also awarded the prestigious Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award 2016-17 in the field of sports by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Playing the position of the shooting guard, Prashanti Singh is the first woman to represent India in one Commonwealth Games (2006) and two Asian Games (2010, 2014).

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