2021 was a historic year for Indian sports as several athletes from different sports made the country proud. To honour their achievements, they will be facilitated with Padma Awards on Republic Day. A total of 9 sportspersons, including Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra, will receive the prestigious award. Chopra won the gold medal in Javelin in Tokyo last year.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur took to Twitter and congratulated the recipients. However, he made a huge blunder in his post. Thakur mistakenly tagged a different Neeraj Chopra instead of the original. The official account of Neeraj Chopra is @Neeraj_chopra1 but Thakur tagged Neeraj Chopra.
I am elated that Nine persons from the Sports fraternity,including @Devjhajharia 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.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra took to Twitter and expressed delight in receiving the award. He thanked everyone for their blessing and promised to keep working hard to bring more glory to the country.
पद्म श्री अवार्ड और परम विशिष्ट सेवा मेडल से सम्मानित किए जाने की खबर सुन के मुझे बेहद खुशी हुई। आप सभी के सपोर्ट और आशिर्वाद के लिए बहुत धन्यवाद। मेरी मेहनत और प्रयास हमेशा ही अपने देश के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ परफॉर्मेंस देना ही रहेगा 🙏🏽 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/2KOSd70BL5
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) January 25, 2022