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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been renamed after hockey legend Dhyan Chand. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honor in India.

Who was Dhyan Chand?

  • He was the first superstar of hockey, considered a wizard or magician of the game.
  • He was the chief protagonist as India won three consecutive Olympic hockey gold medals — Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles 1932, and Berlin 1936.
  • He is known for his sublime skills, intricate dribbling and gluttonous scoring ability.
  • In the 1928 final, India defeated Netherlands 3-0 and India beat the United States a scarcely-believable margin of 24-1 in the 1932 gold medal match, while Germany went down 8-1 in the 1936 decider.

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