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Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award will now be known as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, renamed on 06 08 2021 “respecting the sentiments of citizens across the country”. The Khel Ratna award is the highest sporting honour in the nation.


Key Points And Facts (Pre) 


The importance of Dhyan Chand for Indian sport

  • The Khel Ratna award was instituted in 1991-1992 and the first recepient was Chess legend Viswanathan Anand.


  • Among the other winners were Leander Paes, Sachin Tendulkar, Dhanraj Pillay, Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Anju Bobby George, Mary Kom and Rani Rampal in 2020.


  • The now renamed Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award comes with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.

Source: IE


Keywords
MPPSC Pre Syllabus: Sports Award, Importance of Sports, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award