Sachin Tendulkar given Bharat Ratna welcome but Dhyan Chand deserves too: SP leader

Sachin Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson from India to get awarded the Bharat Ratna © IANS

Ballia (UP): Nov 20, 2013

Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar on Wednesday said Dhyan Chand deserved the Bharat Ratna and demanded that the Centre should honour the hockey legend.

It was announced that Sachin Tendulkar would become the first sportsperson from India to receive the award for the highest civilian honour.

“Giving Bharat Ratna to Sachin is a welcome step but Dhyan Chand also deserves it. The Centre should award Bharat Ratna to him,” Shekhar told reporters.

Praising Dhyan Chand, he said that the player promoted hockey at the international level and did India proud.

Dhyan Chand helped India in winning gold medals in hockey in three successive Olympics games and led the gold medal-winning Indian Hockey team in the historic 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The hockey wizard was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1956.

(With inputs from PTI)