New Delhi, 06 August 2021: Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has welcomed the decision of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to rename the Khel Ratna Award as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. In his tweets, Amit Shah said that ” naming the country’s highest sports honor ‘Khel Ratna Award’ after the greatest sportsperson, Major Dhyan Chand, is a true tribute to him.” “This decision makes every person associated with the sportsworld proud, I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of all countrymen”

The Home Minister said that “I have full faith that the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ will inspire every sportsperson in the country by the dedication of hockey magician Dhyan Chand towards the nation, his determination to raise its honour and his historic achievements, to raise the tricolour in the sports world to the top”.