Sachin Tendulkar awarded with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award

Sachin Tendulkar beat hockey wizard the late Dhyan Chand to become the first sportsperson to receive the Bharat Ratna

updated: February 04, 2014 21:01 IST
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New Delhi: On a sunny Tuesday, Lutyens' Delhi had two international sports celebrities with separate agendas. While golf superstar Tiger Woods, on a hurricane private corporate tour, was scorching one green to another at the Delhi Golf Club, not so far away, the darling of a billion Indians, Sachin Tendulkar, was breaking another 'record'. The retired cricketing genius became the first sportsperson to be bestowed the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Highlights of the event)

At 40, Tendulkar, dressed in a black bandhgala and accompanied by his wife Anjali and daughter Sarah, became the youngest recipient of the Bharat Ratna. Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of international cricket in November last year, beat legendary hockey wizard the late Dhyan Chand to the highest civilian honour of India. The Bharat Ratna was also given to eminent scientist Professor CNR Rao as well on Tuesday. Professor Rao is exactly double of Tendulkar's age. (Also see pics: Sachin's 24-year journey in world cricket | Sachin's greatest achievements)

The decoration, conferred "for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour," is in the form of a peepal leaf, about 5.8 cm long, 4.7 cm wide and 3.1 mm thick. It is of toned bronze. On its obverse is embossed a replica of the sun, 1.6 cm in diameter, below which the words Bharat Ratna are embossed in Devanagari script. On the reverse are State emblem and the motto, also in Devanagari. The emblem, the sun and the rim are of platinum. The inscriptions are in burnished bronze. The award does not carry a monetary grant. (Also see: All the pics from the ceremony)

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