Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be renamed the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award effective immediately. The Prime Minister stated that he had received requests from citizens throughout the country to name the award in honour of the Indian hockey legend. As a result, the name has been changed to reflect their wishes.
In India, the Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honour. It was previously named after Rajiv Gandhi, the country’s former Prime Minister and son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
For an extended period of time, citizens have argued that the award should be named after a sporting legend rather than a politician. After all, Rajiv Gandhi was not known for his sporting prowess.
Major Dhyan Chand is one of the game’s greatest players. In 1928, 1932, and 1936, he led India to three consecutive gold medals in hockey. In 1956, he received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour.
Major Dhyan Chand amassed an incredible 570 goals in 185 matches, scoring an average of 3.08 goals per match. He is fondly remembered as The Wizard or The Magician for his incredible hockey feats.
As a result, India’s highest sporting honour will be known as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
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