ITANAGAR, 27 Jan: Guinness World Record holder mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa of Arunachal was conferred the Padma Shri award on the 72nd Republic Day by the government of India.
Jamsenpa scaled Mount Everest five times – twice in a record shortest time of five days.
She will be decorated with the Padma Shri award along with Padma Vibhusan and Padma Bhusan awardees by the president of India in a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
On being conferred the Padma Shri, Jamsenpa said, “Awards energize sportspersons to excel, but Padma Shri means responsibility.
I humbly accept the award, which is one of the country’s highest civilian awards bestowed on me for my accomplishments as a mountaineer.”
She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and union MoS for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju for the recognition.
“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and union Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for this rare recognition and honour,” she said.
Jamsenpa also acknowledged her instructors, sponsors, family members, media friends and well-wishers for their continued support.
“I dedicate my Padma Shri award to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the mountaineering community of India,” she said.