Dhyan Chand Deserved Bharat Ratna Before Sachin Tendulkar, says Olympian son Ashok Kumar

Dhyan Chand's name has been proposed by the sports ministry for the highest civilian award in India. Sachin Tendulkar was the first to win the award in 2013.

updated: August 12, 2014 19:57 IST
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File Photo: Major Dhyan Chand.

More than joy, the news of Dhyan Chand being recommended for the Bharat Ratna, has come as a welcome relief for the hockey wizard's family. Dhyan Chand's family has fought for years for the honour and almost came close to clinching it last year till cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar pipped him at the post.

On Tuesday, the sports ministry proposed Dhyan Chand's name for the highest civilian award in the country. But the pain of being the second sportsperson ever to win the Bharat Ratna will probably won't go away quickly.

"Babuji (Major Dhyan Chand) should have been the first sportsperson to get the Bharat Ratna. But I am happy that the BJP government has rectified the mistake of the UPA government," said Dhyan Chand's son Ashok Kumar, himself a hockey Olympian.

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