Sachin Tendulkar one of the greatest youth icons: Sonia Gandhi

Sachin Tendulkar is set to receive the Bharat Ratna © IANS

New Delhi: Nov 16, 2013

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar on being chosen for the Bharat Ratna, describing him as an youth icon and a role model for sportspersons.

“Sachin is one of the greatest youth icon and a definite role model for sportspersons,” she said in her congratulatory message.

She also congratulated Prof CNR Rao, the “outstanding and world renowned scientist” on his getting the Bharat Ratna.

Tendulkar (40) and Rao(89), both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan — the country’s second highest civilian honour, join a list of 41 eminent personalities to be chosen for the award given in recognition of exceptional service of the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.