padma awards: Sports ministry sends 9 names for Padmas

The Times of India reports:
NEW DELHI: In a first in the history of Indian sports, the name of a woman athlete - six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom - has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award, the country's second highest civilian honour after Bharat Ratna, by the sports ministry. Mary was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Padma Shri in 2006. What's even more interesting - and unprecedented - is that all nine athletes recommended by the ministry for the Padma awards are women.
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