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Worth the wait: Narain

Coimbatore: It has been long but a pleasant drive for Narain Karthikeyan as he will be honoured with the coveted Padma Shri, along with five other Indian sportspersons.

Narain was pleased that the Government had recognised him and the sport as well for the first time.

“I am deeply honoured and humbled by the Government of India bestowing this award on me. It is truly a great day, not only in my life but also in Indian motor sport history.”

“I have countless people to thank for and credit with this achievement. In the first place, I would like to thank my family without whose unrelenting support my career would not have taken the path it has.

“My sponsors, the Tata group, Bharat Petroleum, JK Tyres and Amaron, who have supported me for so many years, as well as MRF Tyres, with whom I have recently entered into a partnership, have also been crucial to my success as a racing driver,” he added.

“Last but not the least, I owe a huge debt of thanks to all of my fans, who have cheered me all the way. I dedicate this award to them.” — Sports Reporter

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