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Sports Minister Anurag Thakur makes a huge blunder while congratulating Padma awardees

By BetBarter Staff

January 26, 2022

India's sports minister Anurag Thakur, on January 26, made a blunder while congratulating Neeraj Chopra for winning the Padma Shri award. Nine sportspersons were felicitated with Padma Awards on this year's Republic Day. Players who received Padma Shri were Sumit Antil (Javelin), Pramod Bhagat (Badminton), Avani Lekhara (Shooting), Faisal Ali Dar (Martial Arts), Sankarnarayana Menon Chundayil (Kalaripayattu), Brahmanand Sankhwalkar (Football), and Vandana Katariya (Hockey). Devendra Jhajhariya (Javelin) won the Padma Bhushan.

Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the Javelin Throw event on the final day of the Tokyo Olympics. This was the first gold for an Indian contingent in the Olympics after Abhinav Bindra's gold during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Meanwhile, Thakur posted a congratulatory Tweet for all the recipients on his official handle. This is where he tagged another Neeraj Chopra. The official Twitter ID of the Javelin thrower is @Neeraj_Chopra1.

"I am elated that Nine persons from the Sports fraternity, including @Devjhajhariya and @NeerajChopra, have been awarded #PadmaAwards this year. My hearty congratulations to each one of them. Their contributions will definitely inspire others, particularly the budding sportspersons," the 47-year-old posted.

Neeraj also took to Twitter and said that he is humbled and honoured to be a recipient of the award. He added that he will continue to keep working hard for the nation.

Humbled and honoured to know that I have been named as a recipient of the Padma Shri award and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. I thank you all for your good wishes and blessings and will continue to work hard to do my best for the nation.