Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is rechristened as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Modi said the decision to rename India's highest sporting honour after the Indian Hockey legend was made after receiving requests from people all over the country.
In a tweet, the PM mentioned, “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!”
“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," he added in another tweet.