Former hockey gamers demand Bharat Ratna for Major Dhyan Chand

New Delhi, August 23

Former and present hockey gamers got here collectively to demand Bharat Ratna, the nation’s highest civilian award, for the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, every week forward of his 115th delivery anniversary.

With National Sports Day approaching, greats corresponding to Gurbux Singh, Harbinder Singh, Ashok Kumar and present participant Yuvraj Walmiki took half in a digital dialogue on Saturday to have a good time the life and profession of the enduring participant.

National Sports Day is well known on August 29, on the delivery anniversary of Dhyan Chand.

The dialogue was a part of a digital marketing campaign which was launched by former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, actors Babushaan Mohanty and Rachel White final 12 months to demand ‘Bharat Ratna’ for Major Dhyan Chand.

“For us Dhyan Chand was God. We were lucky to travel with him to East Africa and Europe for a month-long tour. It is difficult to find such a nice man and a great player. He was the most complete player ever born,” stated Gurbux Singh, an Arjuna awardee.

The 85-year-old additionally shared his expertise of being part of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

“We had lost gold in 1960, so we wanted to get it back. After winning the gold for India, I had tears in my eyes while seeing the tri-colour go up slowly with the national anthem being played in the background. It really made me feel proud of doing something for India,” he stated.

Talking about Dhyan Chand, Harbinder Singh stated, “I have a lot of regards for ‘Dada’. I had a best timing of 10.8 in 100m, so I had advantage of speed. He told me that I should keep the ball in front of me as it will help in pick up but I should have control. I practised on it and took it as ‘guru mantra’.” Arjuna awardee and Dhayn Chand’s son, Ashok Kumar additionally shared some unknown details about his father.

“He used to stop me and my elder brother from playing hockey. The reason for which we later realised was that he worried about the lack of financial incentives in the sport,” Ashok stated.

He additionally narrated anecdotes from the ultimate match of Berlin Olympics 1936 that India gained.

“It was raining heavily for which the final match got postponed to August 15, 1936. In the first half, India had scored only one goal, which was quite easy for the opponent to defeat,” Ashok stated.

“Before the second half of the match, Major Dhyan Chand and Legendary Player Roop Singh eliminated their footwear and performed barefoot for 35 minutes to get the management of the bottom each of them scored seven targets.

“By the time the match ended in Berlin, the stadium was empty as India defeated Germany with a score of 8-1 in front of Hitler.”  

Talking in regards to the affect of Dhyan Chand, Valmiki, who performed in German League for eight years, stated: “Hockey in India is equal to Major Dhyan Chand. Even after 100 years it will be the same; it is the greatest pride for me. When I played in Germany, every person used to tell me that I come from the land of Major Dhyan Chand.”           

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Harbinder stated it’ll have an effect on India’s momentum.

“Had the Olympic not been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, India would certainly be medal contenders. Now however, the momentum has gone. Am doubtful about how India will fare next year,” he stated. PTI

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