Govinda has been part of the Indian team that won the Hockey World Cup in 1975 and the Indian team that won the bronze medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Govinda told IANS, Bharat Ratna is given to those who bring honor and respect to the country and it is based on recommendations and nominations. I say that (when) so many people have recommended (Dhyan Chand’s name for this honor) then why not give it to Dada?
He said, being a hockey magician, there is someone else, who knows the world well, why not? Why shouldn’t they get it? People compared Dhyan Chand to Pele in football. I knew Dada well. I met him at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala. He was known worldwide, but he never tried to show it.
In 2014, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was the first and only player to be awarded the Bharat Ratna. However, even earlier, there has been a demand to honor Dhyan Chand with the country’s highest civilian award.
Dhyan Chand was part of the Olympic gold medal winning team in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and Berlin (where he was captain). Dhyan Chand, who retired from international hockey in 1948, played many matches and scored hundreds of goals.
National Sports Day is celebrated in his honor every year on 29 August in the country on his birth anniversary.
Center forward Dhyan Chand was a selfless man and sportsman. On the field, if he thought another player was in a better position to score, he would pass the ball to others rather than keep it to himself.
After watching Dhyan Chand, a head of the British Indian Army at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Adolf Hitler offered him German citizenship and a higher army post, although Dhyan Chand politely turned it down.
Born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Dhyan Chand’s real name was Dhyan Singh. As everyone knows, Dhyan Singh showed his hockey skills to Pankaj Gupta and Gupta predicted that Dhyan Singh would one day shine like a moon (moon). With this he got the name Chand and his name was Dhyan Chand.
Dhyan Chand was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956 by the Government of India. He died at AIIMS in Delhi in 1980 and is still waiting for the Bharat Ratna award.