Every year on August 29, India celebrates National Sports Day. This day is observed on the occasion of the birthday of the legend of Hockey “Dhyanchand”. Some peoples are familiar with this day by the name of Rashtriya Khel Diwas. The first time this day was celebrated was in the year 2012. In this article, we’re going to tell you about the significance of this day and some amazing facts about the ‘Magician of Hockey’ Dhyanchand.
Significance of National Sports Day
This day is celebrated throughout the country on August 29 to spread awareness about the sports in the country and highlight the greatest moment in Indian sports history. Some schemes and programs are also launched on this day to promote sports as a career and to assist the sportspersons as well. Last year, Prime Minister launched the Fit India movement on this occasion, the purpose of this occasion was to spread awareness about having a fit lifestyle. In this movement, many famous sportspersons took part like Virat Kohli, Sunil Chetri, etc. National Sports Day Quotes
In the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President of India honors some of the sportspersons who have done great things in their respective sports fields with prestigious awards like Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, and Dhyan Chand Award.
Tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand was a legendary hockey player and due to his great skill in hockey, he was also referred to as the “The Magician of Hockey”. He was born on August 29, 2020, in Allahabad. He was an integral part of the hockey team that won 3 consecutive gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics.
His father has served in the British Army and also played Hockey for the army. Following the footsteps of his father, Dhyan Chand also joined the Indian Army as a soldier “Sepoy” at the young age of 16 and started playing Hockey for the army. Later he went on to play in the Army Hockey Tournament and Regimental matches between the years 1922 and 1926. At the age of 51, he retired from the Army with the Major rank on his shoulder.
In a Los Angeles Olympic Hockey match, Dhyan Chand alongside his brother roop scored 25 goals out of extraordinary 35 in a single match. They defeated Germany by 8-1 in which Dhyan Chand scored 3 goals, Daara scored 2 and Roop Singh, Tapsell, and Jaffer managed to score 1 goal each. In his career, he was always the part of the Indian Hockey team.
He died on 3 December 1979, as he was suffering from liver cancer. To pay tribute to this legend, the postal service of India has issued a stamp and the National Stadium of Delhi was renamed to the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.