New Delhi, August 06, 2021.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award will now be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. This move comes a day after India’s men won the hockey bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Dhyan Chand is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. India had dominated hockey for decades on the world stage and they were invincible at the Olympics. Dhyan Chand had played key roles in winning gold medals for India at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics.

On Thursday, India won their first Olympic hockey medal since 1980 when the men’s team defeated Germany in a tense match.