Dhyan Chand could have been honoured without insulting Rajiv Gandhi: Shiv Sena on renaming Khel Ratna Award
The party raised questions on the government's claim about the name change being motivated by "public sentiment," but added that it is pointless to dispute the claim.
Making the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had earlier decided to extend the last date of submission of application for the upcoming National Sports Awards 2021.
Sharath Kamal, who is set to compete in his fourth Olympics, had become the first Indian paddler to get the Padma Shri in 2019.
The National Rifle Association of India Wednesday announced their recommendations for the National Sports Awards 2021.
During the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Sunil Chhetri had surpassed Lionel Messi in the number of goals scored in international football.
The Sports Ministry had earlier decided to extend the last date of submission of application for the upcoming National Sports Awards 2021.
Odisha government on Tuesday nominated ace sprinter Dutee Chand for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.