first_imgDhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar said it is sad that hockey Dhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar said it is sad that hockey fraternity has been forced to repeatedly remind the government. “He has been a father figure for us in hockey. Countless have picked up the game after being inspired by him and gone on to bring laurels for India. They looked up to the era of 1928, 1932 and 1936 and it is still binding the game. It is not a good feeling that we have all gathered here to demand Bharat Ratna for him. The government should have decided on it long ago,” he said. “I dont want to go into who got it before Dhyan Chand Ji. All we care about is that he should be bestowed with the honour. It is long overdue. Hopefully this central government will pay heed to our demand. If they dont want to give, they should make it clear once and for all. We dont want to be kept in the dark anymore,” Ashok Kumar added. Former captain Tirkey said Dhyan Chand not getting his due is a classic case of discriminatory attitude towards sports. “It is sad that we discriminate between sports. It is even more sad that we are demanding an award for him. He played when there was no recognition, no media. All I want to say is that we request the government to do the needful as soon as possible,” Tirkey said. Other former players in attendance were Ashish Ballal, AB Subbaiah and Mohammed Riaz. PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more