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The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been renamed in honour of hockey legend Dhyan Chand.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated today that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest athletic honour, has been renamed  Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award  the ultimate hockey star and legend, is honoured with the renaming.

The move, according to the Prime Minister, was made in response to countless demands from across the country.

“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!” tweeted the Prime Minister with #JaiHind.


“Major Dhyan Chand is India’s most legendary & loved sporting icons; it is only befitting that India’s Highest Sporting Honour be named after him”  Pm Modi  wrote on another  tweet.


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