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President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna upon Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on 4 February at a ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.A report on India Today said that Tendulkar will receive the award just months after retiring from the sport. The rehearsal of the ceremony will take place on 3 February.Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to receive the award after he was chosen for it along with scientist CNR Rao. The decision to give Tendulkar the award was announced shortly after the Master Blaster played his 200th and final Test against West Indies in his hometown Mumbai.The statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said: "That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman." Tendulkar and Rao will become the first men to receive the honour after musician Bhimsen Joshi, who got it in 2009.Click here to read the full report.

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