Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

Source: PIB

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The government of India has announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

About Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award:
  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award (formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna) is the highest sporting honour of India.
  • It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports since 1991-92.
  • Named After: The award is named after Dhyan Chand (1905–79)
  • The recipients of the award are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their “spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years” at the international level. 
  • As of 2020, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate and a cash prize of ₹25 lakh.
About Major Dhyan Chand:
  • Major Dyan Chand is a three-time Olympic gold medallist.
  • He is an Indian Hockey Player widely regarded as the greatest field hockey player of all time.
  • His birthday, on August 29, marks National Sports Day, when the National Sports Awards are presented each year.
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