Khel Ratna Award: The biggest award given in the field of sports has now changed. The Central Government has today changed the name of Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. The award has been named after Major Dhyan Chand, a member of the Indian hockey team that won three Olympic gold medals. Announcing this, Prime Minister Modi said that he was receiving requests from many citizens of the country to confer Khel Ratna Award in the name of Major Dhyan Chand. PM Modi said that respecting the sentiments of the people, the biggest sports award will now be known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna.
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! pic.twitter.com/zbStlMNHdq
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2021
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Big decision amid excellent performance in Olympic Games
The Modi government has taken this decision at a time when the Indian team men’s hockey team has been successful in winning a medal in the Olympics after 41 years. There is an atmosphere of celebration across the country on this achievement. PM Modi tweeted on this and said that ‘We are all overwhelmed by the great efforts of Indian players in the Olympic Games. The willpower shown by our sons and daughters especially in hockey, the ardor shown towards victory, is a great inspiration for the present and future generations. Amidst the moments that have made the country proud, the request of many countrymen has also come to the fore that the name of Khel Ratna Award should be dedicated to Major Dhyan Chand ji. Considering the sentiments of the people, it is now being named Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
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Congress welcomed the decision
The Congress party has welcomed this decision of the Modi government. Along with this, the party has also said that it would have been better if the name of hockey magician Major Dhyan Chand was not used for political purposes. Congress National Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Congress welcomes to pay respects to Major Dhyan Chand ji, the magician of hockey, the legend of the game. It would have been good if the name of Major Dhyan Chand was not dragged by BJP and PM Modi ji for their petty political purposes. But we welcome the name of the Khel Ratna award after Major Dhyan Chand.”
Congress welcomes to pay respect to Major Dhyanchand ji, the magician of hockey
It would have been good if the name of Major Dhyan Chand was not dragged by BJP and PM Modi ji for their petty political purposes.
But we welcome the name of Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. pic.twitter.com/RpgFuo4ujt
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 6, 2021
Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday is ‘Sports Day’
Dhyan Chand was a former player and captain of Indian field hockey, who is counted among the best players of world hockey. He was a member of the Indian hockey team that won gold medals at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and 1936 Berlin Olympics. His birth date 29 August is celebrated as “National Sports Day” in India. Dhyanchand was declared the player of the century by the Indian Olympic Association.
So far 48 players have been awarded Khel Ratna
Khel Ratna was started from 1991-92 and it was earlier given to a player for his outstanding performance in a year. Based on the recommendations of the Awards Selection Committee in 2014, the Sports Ministry based the performance of four years in 2015. So far 38 players have been honored with this award and in 1991-92 this award was first given to chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. This award was given to Sachin Tendulkar, known as the ‘Lord of Cricket’ in 1997-98 and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007. In 2001, Abhinav Bindra became the youngest player to receive this honor at the age of just 18.