Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is now renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
PM Narendra Modi writes on Twitter.
PM writes on Twitter,’ 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!.”
The change also comes when the Indian men’s hockey team won a bronze medal after 41 years and the women’s hockey team lost their bronze medal match with Great Britain 4-3. Wome’s hockey team first time played semifinals in Olympics history.
Major Dhyan Chand, birthday is also celebrated in India as National Sports Day.