In honor of hockey wizard, Major Dhyan Chand PM Narendra Modi decided to rechristened the award name and respect the sentiments of millions of Indians. The new award came with a cash prize of 25 lakh.
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!
Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/zbStlMNHdq
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2021
This award is the highest in the world of sports. PM Modi says I got so many requests from a citizen for this change. Dhyan Chand brought honor and makes India proud in sports. Due to his magical hockey stick, India got gold in Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1936. He scored more than 1000 goals in his lifetime from 1926to 1948. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand every year we celebrate national sports day on 29th August.
The overwhelmed response of the men’s and women’s hockey teams in the Tokyo Olympics compel people to think in a new direction. Indian became aware and enthusiastic in this Olympics which lead to a historic change in the nation. The pleas of people show our youth has now sports-oriented and take interest in national matters. A positive change in sports leads to so many changes in the future time. A commendable job has been done by Narendra Modi.