Life has been nothing short of a dream, says ‘Khel Ratna’ Sunil Chhetri
Kolkata, India captain Sunil Chhetri who has been named for the Major Dhyan Chand
Khel Ratna Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), says that the journey that
he has been through has been nothing short of a dream.
“I am thrilled, I am really thankful and honoured,” he averred. “I have always said that it is a dream
that I have gone through, and it would not have been possible without my family, my friends, my wife,
my close group, the teammates that I have had and the coaches that I have played under. They have
all played an important part in who I am today,”
Sunil Chhetri told the All India Football Federation, after being nominated for the coveted award, named after hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.
“It has been amazing to play for the National Team, for so many years, for the number of matches,
it has been an outstanding journey.”
Sunil was named one among the 12 sportspersons by the MYAS who will be awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award for 2021.
In fact, Sunil will be the first Indian footballer to receive the Award – the highest one for sporting achievements in India.
The Award will be given as part of the National Sports Awards, which will be held on November 13
at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
On being asked about his role models, he outlined his philosophy of grasping anything positive around, Sunil expressed: “The amount of encouragement and inspiration around us is a lot, we just
have to keep looking. The hunger of trying to learn more is needed, and you will seek out from so