Basketball and India

Prashanti Singh receives Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

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

On Saturday, Prashanti Singh, former captain of the Indian women's national basketball team, received the Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Prashanti, one of the most decorated Indian women's basketball players of all-time, took to Twitter to share her emotions on receiving the honor:

She was one of eight sports personalities among 94 people listed as Padma Shri recipients.

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.

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