PM Modi renames Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India's highest honour given to a sportsperson. But now PM Modi has announced that its name will now be changed to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

PM Modi renames Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand
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New Delhi: One of the most influential personalities in the sports history of India, who is known as the magician of hockey. Major Dhyan Chand gave India a different identity in the world and now the Government of India has renamed the country's biggest sports award after him.




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The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India's highest honour given to a sportsperson. But now PM Modi has announced that its name will now be changed to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave this information to the countrymen on Friday. It was written in a post on his Twitter handle that Major Dhyan Chand is one of the great players of India and it would be appropriate to name the biggest award of the game after him.


"Major Dhyan Chand was among India's foremost sportspersons who brought honor and pride for India. It is fitting that our nation's highest sporting honor will be named after him," PM Modi posted on Twitter.


"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 renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Jai Hind!" PM Modi added.


This big message has been released in both Hindi and English on PM Modi's Twitter handle. 


Major Dhyan Chand made Indian hockey famous all over the world. The hockey stick of this player, who won India many gold medals in the Olympics, was considered to be of magnets. It was said that once the ball hit him, it stuck to the stick like a magnet and it was impossible for any opponent to snatch it.


Khel Ratna Award


It is the highest sports honor awarded by the government of India. Sportspersons who have made invaluable contribution in their respective sports are honored with Khel Ratna Award. The player who receives this honor is given a prize money of 25 lakhs and a certificate.



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