Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar to be honoured with Bharat Ratna
Sachin becomes youngest and first sportsperson to get Bharat Ratna
Nov 16, 2013In a fitting finale to what has been a glorious career, the 40-year-old batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was on Saturday chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, making him the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the honour. The Prime Minister's Office made the announcement hours after Tendulkar brought down the curtains on a 24-year international career. Tendulkar, who became the first active sportsperson to become a Rajya Sabha member last year, is being given the honour along with Professor CNR Rao, the man behind India's maiden Mars mission. Previous recipients of the Bharat Ratna include Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.In 2008, Tendulkar became the first sportsperson, along with chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, to receive the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour. Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award (a national award for distinguished sports persons) in 1994, and in 1998 he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest sporting honour. The next year, he was the recipient of the Padma Shri ( the fourth-highest civilian award).
Official Awards1994: Arjuna Award Receipient for achievements in Cricket
1997: Tendulkar was one of the five cricketers selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year
1997/98: India's highest sporting honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
1999: Padma Shri - India's civilian medal of recognition
2008: Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.
Media AwardsIn August 2003, Sachin Tendulkar was voted as the "Greatest Sportsman" of the country in the sport personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.
In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes.
In December 2006, he was named "Sports person of the Year"
The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.