Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand is essentially the most deserving sports activities character for the Bharat Ratna award, says former captain of the Indian males’s hockey staff Zafar Iqbal. “So far as sports activities is anxious, Dhyan Chand is essentially the […]
Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand is essentially the most deserving sports activities character for the Bharat Ratna award, says former captain of the Indian males’s hockey staff Zafar Iqbal.
“So far as sports activities is anxious, Dhyan Chand is essentially the most deserving candidate for Bharat Ratna,” Iqbal instructed IANS in an unique interview.
In 2014, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar turned the primary and the one sportsperson to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna. Nonetheless, even earlier than that, calls have been made through the years to award Dhyan Chand with the nation’s highest civilian award.
“Sachin Tendulkar has been given the Bharat Ratna award. At the moment additionally, we had requested the federal government to bestow the distinguished award to Dhyan Chand. Actually, we’ve got been requesting the federal government for many years. I nonetheless keep in mind after Sachin was conferred with the honour, we had taken out a procession from the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Barakhamba visitors crossing to Jantar Mantar and we additionally sat down on the Jantar Mantar additionally for fairly a while simply to remind the federal government,” mentioned Iqbal, who himself has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
“Even earlier than Sachin was thought of for Bharat Ratna, Dhyan Chand’s file had moved from sports activities ministry to the PMO. However his file couldn’t be processed additional. I keep in mind there was an opinion ballot to determine which sportsperson needs to be given the Bharat Ratna. And a majority of the folks voted for Dhyan Chand. Actually each him and Sachin may have been conferred with the award. It might not have created any controversy,” he added.
Dhyan Chand was a part of three gold medal-winning Indian groups on the Olympics — in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and Berlin, the place he was the captain. For 20 years till he bid goodbye to worldwide hockey in 1948, Dhyan Chand’s title was synonymous with the game as he performed quite a few matches and scored tons of of objectives.
The Nationwide Sports activities Day is noticed in his honour yearly within the nation on August 29.
Iqbal, below whose management India gained bronze medal on the Champions Trophy 1982 in Holland, mentioned Dhyan Chand — though he did not get the Bharat Ratna — will nonetheless stay a legend identified for his “magical recreation”.
“My private feeling is that though he did not get Bharat Ratna, he’ll nonetheless stay a legend. His contribution to the nation within the area of hockey is immense and one thing which we’re very pleased with. He’s recognised by his recreation and never by Bharat Ratna,” mentioned Iqbal.
“Similar is the case with Sachin. He’s identified for his recreation, not by simply Bharat Ratna. Sportspersons are identified for his or her recreation not by awards,” he added.
Requested concerning the probabilities of Dhyan Chand getting Bharat Ratna within the close to future, Iqbal mentioned: “I do not know. It may be executed inside seconds. If somebody sends a message to the Prime Minister that Dhyan Chand deserves the award, it may be executed inside seconds. In any other case, similar to previously, it will possibly go on for years.”
“We’re nonetheless attempting and we’ve got been proposing his title for the Bharat Ratna from completely different sources. Nonetheless, generally our emotions do get harm and we surprise what’s using requesting the federal government,” he added.
The 64-year-old additional mentioned that Dhyan Chand, who died in 1979 on the age of 74, was a quite simple, humble and right down to earth man who did not run after cash.
“He was the only man I’d say in sporting historical past. He by no means requested for any cash or boast about himself. I used to be fortunate to have a chat with him. We used to remain in the identical colony in Vasant Vihar. We regularly chatted.”
Recalling an incident from 1978, Iqbal revealed how Dhyan Chand, his son Ashok Kumar and he travelled in a normal compartment of the Indian railways from Delhi to Jhansi.
“In 1978, we travelled with him from Delhi to Jhansi. Ashok was additionally there. We needed to play a match there. We received right into a third-class (normal compartment) and it was absolutely packed. There was no place to sit down. Dhyan Chand, nonetheless, stored standing and did not say something to anybody. After a while, we requested an individual to supply us a spot to sit down. Such was his simplicity,” mentioned Iqbal.
“We did not find the money for to journey by firstclass. However Dhyan Chand by no means created any fuss,” he added.