RAjiv Gandhi Khel ratna award

New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, will be renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. The renaming recognises the ultimate hockey hero and legend of the sport, Dhyan Chand.

The Prime Minister said the move was based on the numerous requests he received from across the nation

“I have been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. I thank them for their views. “Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award!” tweeted the Prime Minister with #JaiHind.

After the great performance of India Men’s and Women’s Hockey Team, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award ‘Renamed’ on wizard of hockey Major Dhyan Chand

The change also comes on the day, India women’s hockey team narrowly missed out on a bronze medal drawing curtains on its spirited show at the Toyko Olypmpics. A day before, the men’s hockey team won an Olympic bronze after a wait of 41 years.

“The exceptional performance of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Team has captured the imagination of our entire nation. There is a renewed interest towards Hockey that is emerging across the length and breadth of India. This is a very positive sign for the coming times,” the Prime Minister said in another tweet, just before announcing the new name for the award.

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Dhyan Chand, whose birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day, won won three Olympic golds for the country

Inaugurated in 1991-92, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh. The first recipient of the Khel Ratna was chess legend Viswanathan Anand. Some of the winners in recent years include cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, among others.

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