Major Dhyan Chand was India’s most tenacious sportsperson who brought honour and pride for India in the game of hockey. It will be fitting that our nation’s highest sporting honour will be named after him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
On Friday, the highest sports honour of India which was formerly named after the Ex-prime minister of India i.e. Rajiv Gandhi was changed and rechristened “Major Dhyan Chand Award”. This was done in honour of the fantastic gameplay displayed by our hockey team both men and women at the Olympics Games held in Tokyo .
While making this announcement, Prime Minister Modi said “I was getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand.”
Narendra Modi said, ”Respecting their sentiment, 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.”
“The stellar performance of both the male and female hockey team has captivated and shined the shroud of proudness on the entire nation and this led to a renewed interest towards the sombre ended sport again through the length and breath of the country. This surely shines a positive future and a hope filled with optimism for the country and the future of the game” was added by the Prime Minister further.
On Thursday, the Indian men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win a bronze, ending the country’s 41-year-old wait for an Olympic medal.
The women’s team hockey lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a match for the bronze medal on Friday, but won wide praise for its performance.
Prime Minister Modi tweet 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. Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award!
The government’s decision was a “small token” of gratitude to India’s hockey legend, and sportsperson who have been bringing glory to the country throughout these decades.
According to the party leaders “everything in the country was named after the Gandhi family, and the decision was a fulfilment of crores of Indian aspirations.”