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