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Home Ministry Recommends Dhyan Chand for Bharat Ratna
Aug 14, 2014

After receiving recommendations from various quarters the home ministry recommended the name of legendary hockey player late Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in the country. 

Born in 1905, Dhyan Chand was nicknamed the Hockey Wizard for his superb ball control and is considered the greatest field hockey player of all time. He won three Olympic gold medals for India between 1928 and 1936.

Dhyan Chand retired from the game in 1948. Eight years later, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He retired from the Indian Army with the rank of Major. He passed away in New Delhi in 1979 at the age of 79. 

The sports ministry has also constituted a Dhyan Chand lifetime award for sportspersons in his honour. The National Stadium in New Delhi has also been named after him. Every year on his birthday on August 29, the sports awards, namely Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and the Dhyan Chand Awards, are given away.

The sports ministry last year had recommended Dhyan Chand's name for the Bharat Ratna but it was conferred to Sachin Tendulkar, who became the youngest recipient.


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