Zeeshan, Gurmail, Thakkar nominated for Dhyan Chand Award

New Delhi: Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, Olmypic hockey gold medallist Gurmail Singh and 1951 Asian Games diving champion K.P Thakkar were Monday nominated for the Dhyan Chand Award, India`s highest sporting award for life time achievement.

Zeeshan, a former tennis player, was appointed as India`s Davis Cup coach last year. He is a five-time national champion and his last Davis Cup tie as a player was against the US in 1994.

"I don`t have words to explain my feeling. I am honoured to be selected for this award," Zeeshan told IANS.

Zeeshan returned to India from Dubai last year and opened his own academy in Bangalore. He is also a member of All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee.

Gurmail was part of the 1980 Moscow Games gold winning hockey side. He is also married to former women`s captain Rajbir Kaur.

Thakkar won the gold medals in 1951 Asian Games in men`s 3m springboard and 10m platform.

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