The Khel Ratna award has been named after Major Dhyan Chand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday.
The naton’s highest sports award, which was previously named after former PM Rajiv Gandhi, will now be named after one of India’s greatest hockey players, Major Dhyan Chand.
“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! Jai Hind!” the Prime Minister tweeted.
“Major Dhyan Chand was among India’s foremost sportspersons who brought honour and pride for India. It is fitting that our nation’s highest sporting honour will be named after him,” PM Modi further wrote on his official Twitter profile.
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