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    Here are the 11 Indian athletes who have been recommended for the Khel Ratna Award in 2021

    The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is India’s highest sporting honour. On Wednesday, the national sports awards committee has recommended 11 Indian athletes for the prestigious honour.

    In 2021, the Indian athletes went to the Tokyo Olympics and the Paralympics. They achieved their best-ever medals tally in the Olympics. The Indian Cricket and Football teams have also been quite active this year.

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    Here is the list of 11 Indian athletes who have been recommended for the Khel Ratna Award:

    • Neeraj Chopra (Athletics)
    • Ravi Dahiya (Wrestling)
    • PR Sreejesh (Hockey)
    • Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing)
    • Sunil Chhetri (Football)
    • Mithali Raj (Cricket)
    • Pramod Bhagat (Badminton)
    • Sumit Antil (Javelin)
    • Avani Lekhara (Shooting)
    • Krishna Nagar (Badminton)
    • M Narwal (Shooting)

    History of the Khel Ratna Award

    This award was previously known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently renamed this award after legendary Indian hockey player Major Dhyan Chand after India’s terrific show in hockey at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

    The men’s hockey team ended India’s 41 years wait for an Olympic medal in hockey, while the women’s hockey team achieved their best-ever result at the Olympics by reaching the semi-finals.

    Modi said after both the Indian hockey team’s memorable performances: “I congratulate everyone in the team for the win. You have paid the biggest homage to Major Dhyan Chand. And after getting inspired by you, I made the decision because I wanted to honour hockey.”

    “You have done wonders. Until India wins a medal in hockey we don’t get the feeling the country has won something in Olympics.”

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