Tendulkar and Rao to get Ratna on Feb 4

The recently retired cricket legend will be the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna.

Sachin Tendukar: Left his mark on the cricket world. (IANS)

Sachin Tendulkar will receive the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, from President Pranab Mukherjee on February 4 in the Capital.

Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of cricket after the India-West Indies series in November, will be the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna.

Besides the 40-year-old Tendulkar, eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao has also been chosen for the Bharat Ratna.

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Hours after the second Test between India and West Indies got over in Mumbai, the President’s office announced that Tendulkar and Rao have been chosen for the Bharat Ratna.

A dress rehearsal for the awards function will be held on February 3.

“Tendulkar has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports and his achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary,” read an official statement.

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