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    Khel Ratna: The Spirit of Hockey Great Major Dhyan Chand will be Happy Today

    The spirit of Hockey Great Major Dhyan Chand will be proud today, as the nation paid a huge tribute to him naming the Khel Ratna Award in his name.

    The exceptional performance of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Team at Tokyo 2020 has rekindled the historic national sport of India. There is a new wave of interest in Hockey that is emanating across the length and breadth of India. The historic medal ( Bronze ) in Olympics 2020 holds a great promise for the sport. 

    Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi in a statement today said “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.” 

    Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award – a huge tribute to Guru of Indian Hockey

    Paying huge respect and acknowledging the legendary Indian Hockey Plater of the past,  the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award! 

    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.

    Hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand, had represented India from 1926 to 1949 and scored over 400 goals in his career. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.

    ओलंपिक खेलों में भारतीय खिलाड़ियों के शानदार प्रयासों से हम सभी अभिभूत हैं। विशेषकर हॉकी में हमारे बेटे-बेटियों ने जो इच्छाशक्ति दिखाई है, जीत के प्रति जो ललक दिखाई है, वो वर्तमान और आने वाली पीढ़ियों के लिए बहुत बड़ी प्रेरणा है।

    देश को गर्वित कर देने वाले पलों के बीच अनेक देशवासियों का ये आग्रह भी सामने आया है कि खेल रत्न पुरस्कार का नाम मेजर ध्यानचंद जी को समर्पित किया जाए। लोगों की भावनाओं को देखते हुए, इसका नाम अब मेजर ध्यानचंद खेल रत्न पुरस्कार किया जा रहा है। 

    Major Dhyan Chand was among India’s foremost sportspersons who brought honour and pride for India

    Meanwhile after the Khel Ratna Award was renamed, Netizens thanked Prime Minister Modi for renaming Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand

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