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IAF honour for Tendulkar
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Quote:Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday became the first sportsperson — also the only eminent personality without any aviation background — to be selected for an Indian Air Force honour after the IAF announced an honorary rank of Group Captain for him.

Elated with the honour, Tendulkar said, “It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for honorary Group Captain in the IAF. As an Indian I am proud to be associated with the dynamic force and I shall do my very best to be brand ambassador for the force.”

The IAF said in a statement that under the provision of grant of honorary rank by Armed Forces to eminent personalities acknowledging their contribution towards the nation, “the President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of India is pleased to confer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar the honorary rank of Group Captain of the Indian Air Force.”

“In recognition of Sachin’s glorious achievements as a cricketer and sports icon par excellence, IAF had mooted a proposal to confer the honorary rank of Group Captain.

“Besides the recognition, his association with the IAF will motivate the younger generation to join the Air Force to serve the country,” the statement added.

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