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Vijay Goel writes to PMO, seeks Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

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New Delhi : Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has written to the Prime Minister’s Office ( PMO), requesting that the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, to be conferred on hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.

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Regarded as one of the finest hockey players of his time, Dhyan Chand helped India win three Olympic gold medals between 1928 and 1936, besides playing a big role in instilling pride through sports in a nation that was pushing for independence.

His name had earlier also been suggested for the highest honour by the sports ministry for the country’s highest civilian award.

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