Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Dhyan Chand: Vijay Goel writes to PMO
June 07, 2017  15:40
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel writes to the Prime Minister's Office requesting the Bharat Ratna be conferred on hockey legend Dhyan Chand.

The hockey legend guided India to Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

There has been a longstanding demand for the Bharat Ratna for the late hockey legend with some saying he should have been given the honour ahead of cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar.

Last year former hockey captains Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey and Dhyan Chand's son Ashok Kumar gathered at Jantar Mantar in the hope that the government would fulfil their demand and confer the Bharat Ratna. Tendulkar was chosen for the country's highest civillian honour ahead of the hockey legend.

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