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Will encourage sportspersons: Major Dhyan Chand’s grandson welcomes move to rename Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardCongress welcomed the move of renaming the award but accused the government of playing “myopic politics”. “The Congress welcomes that the Khel Ratna Award has been named after the most celebrated sportsperson and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand. We sincerely hope Modi ji should not have used his myopic political motives to drag the name of a celebrated player like Major Dhyan Chand,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. “Now that a new beginning has been made, we sincerely hope that Modi ji will announce changing the name of Narendra Modi Stadium and Arun Jaitley Stadium and rechristen it after the legendary sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, P T Usha, Mary Kom, Abhinav Bindra and many many others,” he added.Congress welcomed the move of renaming the award but accused the government of playing “myopic politics”. “The Congress welcomes that the Khel Ratna Award has been named after the most celebrated sportsperson and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand. We sincerely hope Modi ji should not have used his myopic political motives to drag the name of a celebrated player like Major Dhyan Chand,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. “Now that a new beginning has been made, we sincerely hope that Modi ji will announce changing the name of Narendra Modi Stadium and Arun Jaitley Stadium and rechristen it after the legendary sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, P T Usha, Mary Kom, Abhinav Bindra and many many others,” he added.

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Decorated Olympian and Indian hockey player Major Dhyan Chand’s grandson, Vishal Singh, welcomed the government’s decision to rechristen the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in his honour, insisting that it would encourage all sports personalities. “Renaming the Khel Ratna award to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award will encourage sportspersons,” Singh told news agency ANI.

Will encourage sportspersons: Major Dhyan Chand’s grandson welcomes move to rename Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardCongress welcomed the move of renaming the award but accused the government of playing “myopic politics”. "The Congress welcomes that the Khel Ratna Award has been named after the most celebrated sportsperson and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand. We sincerely hope Modi ji should not have used his myopic political motives to drag the name of a celebrated player like Major Dhyan Chand," party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. "Now that a new beginning has been made, we sincerely hope that Modi ji will announce changing the name of Narendra Modi Stadium and Arun Jaitley Stadium and rechristen it after the legendary sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, P T Usha, Mary Kom, Abhinav Bindra and many many others," he added.Congress welcomed the move of renaming the award but accused the government of playing “myopic politics”. "The Congress welcomes that the Khel Ratna Award has been named after the most celebrated sportsperson and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand. We sincerely hope Modi ji should not have used his myopic political motives to drag the name of a celebrated player like Major Dhyan Chand," party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. "Now that a new beginning has been made, we sincerely hope that Modi ji will announce changing the name of Narendra Modi Stadium and Arun Jaitley Stadium and rechristen it after the legendary sportspersons like Milkha Singh, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, P T Usha, Mary Kom, Abhinav Bindra and many many others," he added.

He deserves to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna award,” Singh added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on August 6 that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour, will be renamed after Major Dhyan Chand, following requests made by people across the country. “Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award,” he said in a tweet.

Dhyan Chand’s son, Ashok Kumar, too welcomed the move, stating that awards related to sports should be given to sports personalities. “Dhyan Chand belongs to the whole country and hockey is our national game. Sports awards should be named after sportspersons. This Khel Ratna was first named after honourable Rajiv Gandhi but it’s better to name these awards after sportspersons connected with it. Our country and our Prime Minister took notice of this today, because of the increasing popularity of hockey now,” he told Hindustan Times.

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