The Khel Ratna Award has been named as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the decision was taken following a number of requests from citizens across the country to rename it.
In a series of tweets today, Mr Modi said, Major Dhyan Chand was among India’s foremost sportspersons who brought honour and pride for India. He said, it is befitting that the nation’s highest sporting honour will be named after Major Dhyan Chand.
Referring the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister said, the exceptional performance of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams has captured the imagination of the entire country. He said, there is a renewed interest towards Hockey that is emerging across the length and breadth of India. Mr Modi said, this is a very positive sign for the coming times.