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Major Dhyan Chand could have been honoured without insulting Rajiv Gandhi’s sacrifice: Shiv Sena

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP and Associate Editor of 'Saamana'

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP and Associate Editor of ‘Saamana’

Shiv Sena, through an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana,’ slammed the Centre for renaming Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award while stating that hockey wizard could have been honoured with insulting former Prime Minister Gandhi’s sacrifice.

Sena stated: “Major Dhyan Chand could have been honoured without insulting Rajiv Gandhi’s sacrifice. But, the country has lost such tradition and culture. It would have made Dhyan Chand sad in heaven.”

Sena said that just because the Modi government changed the name of the award does not mean earlier governments had forgotten Dhyan Chand. It added: ” just because the Modi government changed the name of the award does not mean earlier governments had forgotten Dhyan Chand.”

Sena accused the Centre of playing political games. It said: Changing the name of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is not the people’s wish, but a political game.” It claimed: ” Removing Rajiv Gandhi’s name (from the award) is political hatred.”

Sena also asked what was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contribution to cricket that a stadium (in Ahmedabad) was named after him. It stated: “People are also asking what Narendra Modi has done for cricket that a stadium in Ahmedabad is named after him by replacing the (earlier) name of Sardar Patel,” it said.”

Meanwhile, BJP leader Ram Kadam also hit out at the Shiv Sena and said: “In the greed of power, unfortunately the Shiv Sena is seeing politics in renaming the name of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. This is the same Shiv Sena thatr used to talk ill about the Congress and its leaders.”

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Hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay ‘lights the lamp’ to kickstart season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav in Nagpur

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Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay came calling to Nagpur on May 13 as he inaugurated the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav at the Indoor Stadium at Mankapur in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. The 13-day sports festival will see 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh will be distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test Captain after series defeat against South Africa

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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

A day after India lost the test cricket series to South Africa (1-2), Virat Kohli stepped down as the test captain of India on Saturday (January 15). Kohli made the announcement through a social media post.

Kohli’s statement read: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now.”

He added: “There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

Kohli also thanked the BCCI as he wrote: “”I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation.”

Kohli was appointed Test captain back in 2014 when MS Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia.

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Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod beats ace shuttler Saina Nehwal at India Open 2022

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Saina Nehwal (left) and Malvika Bansod (right)

Saina Nehwal (left) and Malvika Bansod (right)

Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod defeated ace shuttler Saina Nehwal in the second round of Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022. Malvika defeated the two-time India Open champion 21-17, 21-9, in just 34 minutes. The defeat has resulted in Saina’s outster from the competition.

By defeating Saina, Malvika has become the second Indian badminton player after PV Sindhu to defeat Saina on court since 2007 in the domestic and international badminton circuit.

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