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Dhyan Chand Award For Life-time Achievement Sports And Games

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Named after the hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian legendary field hockey player, "Dhyan Chand Award for Life-time Achievement Sports and Games" is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Instituted in 2002, the award is given only to the disciplines included in the events like Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championship and World Cup along with Cricket, Indigenous Games, and Parasports. The nominations for a given year are accepted till 30 April or last working day of April. Usually, the award is conferred upon not more than three sportspersons in a year.

i) To honor those sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports even after their retirement from active sporting career.
ii) To motivate persons who have contributed their lifetime to sports and sports promotion.
iii) To encourage broad basing of and development of excellence in sports in the country.

To be eligible for the Award, a sportsperson should have had not only good performance at international level but also should have continued to contribute to promotion of sports in his individual capacity even after his career as a sportsperson is over. A sportsperson should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and sense of discipline.
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