Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Renamed After Hockey magician Dhyan Chand


Guwahati: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, will be renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. The renaming recognises the ultimate hockey hero and legend of the sport, Dhyan Chand.

The Prime Minister said the move was based on the numerous requests he received from across the nation.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi wrote, “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!” added the Prime Minister with #JaiHind.

The change also comes after the men’s hockey team won an Olympic bronze after a wait of 41 years. 

The India women’s hockey team narrowly missed out on a bronze medal drawing curtains on its spirited show at the Toyko Olympics.