Bharat Ratna: Major Dhyanchand IN, Sachin OUT

The Sports Ministry has forwarded three names to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to be considered for the first Bharat Ratna for a sportsman. Sachin Tendulkar’s name does not feature in the list. Sources say that the BCCI did not send any names to the ministry, not even Sachin’s. The ministry has forwarded the names of hockey legend Dhyanchand, Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and the man who first conquered Mt Everest, Tenzing Norgay. The Chess Federation had recommended Vishwanathan Anand's name, but the Sports Ministry said that they did not receive Anand's recommendation till Tuesday night, hence his name has not been forwarded.


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