For the first time in the history of Indian sports, the names of 9 women have been recommended for the Padma awards.

Six time world champion boxer Mary Kom has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award. It is the first time that a woman athlete’s name has been put forward by the sports ministry for the country’s second highest civilian honour after Bharat Ratna.

Star shuttler PV Sindhu has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, who recently became the first Indian to win the world championship in August.

According to reports, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis star Manika Batra, T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, hockey captain Rani Rampal, former shooter Suma Shirur and mountaineer twin sisters, Tashi and Nungshi Malik are among the other seven women in this year’s list have all been recommended for the Padma Shri.

The recommendations have been sent to the Padma awards committee in the home ministry. The names of the awardees will be announced on the eve of the Republic Day next year.