Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who has recovered from cancer, and para athlete Deepa Malik were among those who were awarded with the Arjuna Award. But the loudest applause was reserved for Deepa and another paralympics athlete, Ramkaran Singh.
"I am deeply honoured by this award. Paralympics is a very underrated event and I hope now that people will take more interest," said Deepa.
The president also gave away Dronacharya Awards to eight coaches in recognition of their meritorious achievements in the field of coaching. The award carries a statuette, citation and enhanced cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each.
Image: President Pranab Mukherjee shakes hand with cricketer Yuvraj Singh while honoring him with the Arjun Award 2012 at Presidents House in New Delhi on Wednesday.