Sachin is a national hero: Sports Minister

New Delhi, Nov 16 : Union Sports Minister Jitender Kumar said Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from cricket on Saturday, is a national hero whose achievements will be a source of inspiration to all sports lovers.

In his statement, Singh said: "Sachin Tendulkar is one of the finest examples of sportsmen we have ever had with love for the sport, humility, integrity, honesty and pure unbridled talent. His sterling performance across all formats of the game, from Tests, ODIs and T20 over 24 years is a rare feat of exemplary elegance, earnest application and commitment."

The minister said that Tendulkar is a national hero whose achievements will be a source of inspiration to all sports lovers.

Singh said Tendulkar's experience in the field of cricket would enthuse other sports disciplines.

"The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports looks forward to working with him to utilize his expertise to promote excellence, good governance and ethics in all sports in the country," he said.

He expressed the hope that the millions of fans of Tendulkar's game will take forward the message of enjoyment, passion and a desire to excel for high standards of integrity in sports.

India's iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who hung his boot ending his glorious 24 years career, got a fitting farewell as the government announced to confer Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India, to him, triggering reactions by millions of his fans and followers on Saturday.

The government has decided to confer, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award on eminent scientist Prof C.N.R.Rao and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, said the release from the Prime Minister's Office.

"Shri Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer - a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman," read the government release.

--IBNS (Posted on 16-11-2013)

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