The Sports Minister said that the government was mulling over conferring the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.
Germany are determined to extend their record to six in the Junior Hockey World Cup on December 6-15.
Last edition's runners-up, Netherlands definitely start as favourites against India in their opening match of the Hockey Junior World Cup.
"I think the first Bharat Ratna should have been given to Dhyan Chand because of what he has achieved," said India's athletics icon Milkha Singh.
We will be happy if the government of India also announces the name of Dhyan Chand for the highest civilian award," says HIL chief.
The government's decision to confer the Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar ahead of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand has caused a ripple both in the sporting and the political world.
On Dhyan Chand's 118th birth anniversary, CNN-IBN remembers the hockey legend who helped India win three Olympic gold medals.
Various sporting events such as walkathon and football tournaments will be held across the country for the first time as part of the National Sports Day celebration on Thursday.
The ministry had to name only one sportsperson for the Bharat Ratna and three-time Olympic gold medallist Dhyan Chand was their choice.
The BCCI this year hasn't forwarded any name for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
The Dhyan Chand Award is India's highest award for lifetime achievement in sports
Air India had been a member of HI since 2009 and in 2012 it was demoted to Associate Member.
This was India's second overwhelming win of the Hockey World League after they beat Fiji 16-0 in their first match.
On Monday, India men and women teams begin their campaigns in the World League, which is FIH's brainchild and also
Delhi beat Punjab 3-0 and now have 32 points with 6 wins and a draw from 7 matches.
Delhi sit on top of the leaderboard with 22 points while Mumbai have lost all the five matches they have played so far.
Five points will be awarded to the winning team but the losing team also stands to earn 1 point should it lose the match by 2 or less number of goals.
Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt were jointly conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, while an 25 sportspersons were honoured with the Arjuna awards.
Since 1928, Indians have shared a common optimism when it comes to what to expect from the Olympics: a medal in hockey.
If media reports are to be believed then Shah Rukh is all set to play Dhyan Chand's role in a forthcoming biopic.