Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award

The highest sporting honor award of India, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award on Friday (06 August). The Khel Ratna award is the highest sporting honor in the nation.

PM Modi took the announcement 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!" he mentioned. Prime Minister also said in his tweet that our nation's highest sporting honor should be named after Major Dhyan Chand. He was among India's foremost sportspersons who brought honor and pride to India.

In 1991-1992 the Khel Ratna award was instituted and it was first received by the Chess legend Viswanathan Anand. Also, other winners of Khel Ratna awards are Leander Paes, Sachin Tendulkar, Dhanraj Pillay, Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George, Mary Kom and Rani Rampal.