NEW DELHI:Aged 104 years, Mann Kaur got felicitated with the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Kaur was honoured with the award for her tremendous achievements in the domain of athletics. Over the years, she has won the nation 30 medals in track and field events held across the globe.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an interaction with Kaur and other awardees at his residence.
The award has been instituted by the Government of India to recognise the exceptional work accomplished by individuals towards women empowerment. It is to be awarded once each year. The award especially aims to honour the work done towards empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised women.
Mann Kaur (born March 1, 1916) is an Indian track-and-field athlete. She holds the world records in the Over-100 years old categories for a variety of events. Mann Kaur has won multiple gold medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships. In anticipation of the 2017 World Masters Games, Kaur trained regularly at Punjabi University, in hopes of improving upon her own world record which she set over the years. Her coach was her son Gurdev Singh, age 79.