Published on: August 7, 2021



What is in news : The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna stands renamed as the “Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna”.

About Khel Ratna awards :

  • Highest sporting award
  • By – Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • For – Spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years
  • Comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh

About Major Dhyan Chand :

  • Born – August 29, 1905 (Allahabad)
  • Served Indian Army
  • His love for sports fetched him high ranks in Military
  • He was the chief protagonist as India won three consecutive Olympic hockey gold medals — Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles 1932, and Berlin 1936.
  • Played 12 Olympic matches, scoring 33 goals
  • August 29, is celebrated as National Sports Day with the President giving away the Arjuna Awards and the other honours — including the one now named after Dhyan Chand himself.
  • An award for lifetime achievement in sport is already named after him. The Capital’s National Stadium was renamed Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
  • He is known as WIZARD OF HOCKEY