Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will now be known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
PM Modi took to social media to share the news.
“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!
Jai Hind!”, he tweeted.
Khel Ratna Award was instituted in 1991/92 and the first ever award was given to Indian Chess legend Viswanathan Anand.