From 1954 to 2017, a total of 218 civilian awards (Padma Awards & Bharat Ratna) were given to individuals from the field of sports. Cricketers won 54 of these awards which is 25% of all the awards. The only Bharat Ratna to a sportsperson was conferred on Sachin Tendulkar. 34 awards went to Mountaineers while 25 went to Hockey players. Sachin Tendulkar & Vishwanathan Anand won three different awards each while Maharashtra has the highest number of awardees at 33. Find the detailed article here.