New Delhi, August 6
The Central Government has changed the name of Khel Ratna Award. Now it will be known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Earlier this award used to be in the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave this information through a tweet. He said that I have been receiving many requests from citizens all over India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. Honoring his spirit, the Khel Ratna Award will be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
The Khel Ratna Award is the country’s highest sports honour. For the first time this award was given in 1991-92. It is given for outstanding and most outstanding performance in the field of sports at the international level.