Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday paid rich tributes to Major Dhyan Chand on his 109th birth anniversary and hoped the new generation could take some inspiration from the legendary hockey player.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that the Union Home Ministry has sent recommendation for Bharat Ratna for late Major Dhyan Chand to the PMO, after receiving recommendations from several quarters.
In an attempt to connect with the local populace, BJP vice president and nominee for the Darjeeling parliamentary seat SS Ahluwalia has said mountaineer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa deserves Bharat Ratna and the BJP will look into the matter if voted to power.
With an aim to avoid controversy on giving away sports awards, the government today decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships held once in four years for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.
With an aim to avoid controversies during the naming of athletes for National Sports Awards, the government today issued guidelines, incorporating a number of conditions to make the selection process transparent and time-bound.
Demanding that late hockey legend Dhyan Chand be conferred with the Bharat Ratna, former players and several fans of the game today marched upto the Prime Minister`s Office to submit a memorandum requesting that the process be expedited.
Disappointed with the state of Indian hockey right now, three-time Olympic gold-medallist and former captain Balbir Singh (Sr) feels among the current lot of players, only Sardar Singh would have found a place in the Indian teams that competed in the golden era.
Legendary track and field sprinter Milkha Singh today said hockey legend Dhyan Chand deserved the Bharat Ratna honour "before anyone else", even as he proposed that cricket great Sachin Tendulkar be made sports minister of the country.
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that the government was mulling over conferring the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for his contribution to the game and sports in general in the country.
India`s athletics icon Milkha Singh is glad that the doors have been opened for sportspersons to receive India`s highest civilian award “Bharat Ratna” but would have been happier if hockey legend Dhyan Chand was the first recipient instead of Sachin Tendulkar.
Amid the debate over Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday said the highest civilian award had been conferred on him as "the whole nation wanted the greatest honour" for the celebrated cricketer.
The government’s decision to award the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has reignited the debate on who should have got it – the master blaster or hockey legend, the late Dhyan Chand?
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Saturday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar after he brought the curtain down on a glorious career and said the iconic cricketer deserved to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna.
India`s second Grandmaster after Vishwanathan Anand, Dibyendu Barua today welcomed the government`s decision to bestow Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar but added that the five-time World chess champion too deserved the highest civilian award.