6 Feb 2014

Tendulkar given India's top civilian award

6:38 am on 6 February 2014

The retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has received India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, making him the first Indian sportsperson to receive the honour.

The 40-year-old is the youngest recipient of the award.

After retiring last November Tendulkar has become involved in social causes and he's been named a member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, leading to speculation that he might one day enter active politics.