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National Sports Day: India celebrates National Sports day on 29th August every year. It is celebrated in the memory of Hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s birth Anniversary who made India proud of his extraordinary sporting skills. He was the greatest hockey player who won gold medals for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.

India’s most successful player Dhyan Chand was born on 29 August 2023 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, officially known as ‘Major Dhyan Chand’. At the early age of 16 he joined the Indian army, his mentor Subedar Major Bale Tiwari recognised his talent and guided him through the initial stages of his career in the sport.

Pankaj Gupta was the first coach of Dhyan Chand who taught him the game, and this made Dhyan Chand a master in ball dribbling and goal scoring.

Dhyan Chand Career in Sports

During his sports career, he won Olympic Gold medals for six times for India in a row. His lifetime awards and achievements in sports are considered as the highest point in the history of the Indian sports.

He scored more than 400 goals in his career which spanned 22 years and honoured with one of the prestigious award ‘Padma Bhushan’. Dhyan Chand contributed to the game even after his retirement; he became the coach of the hockey team at National Institute of Sports in Patiala.

The National Sports day dedicated to the brilliant hockey player Dhyan Chand. This day celebrated by conducting friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. This stadium was constructed in respect and honour of Major Dhyan Chand.

On this day, the Government of India organises the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, and the President gives out all sports-related awards like Arjuna, Rajivkhel Ratna, Dronacharya and other Awards. The government holds this function on sports day every year to honour sportsperson and coaches who made the country proud with their service in their respective sports. As the celebrations held every year but still very few are aware of the significance.

The Dhyan Chand Award which is the nation’s highest award for sporting excellence and has first given in the year 2002 on 29th August.

Many schools across the country celebrate their Annual Sports day along with National Sports Day. This is done with the aim of increasing the knowledge of sports to the young children. By educating them about of one of the most sports personalities of India and motivating them to make a successful career in different posts.

Sports are not just training, and it is a culture that needs to promote. And there is no better place to do then at our schools that build India’s better future.

National Sports Day Quotes

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” - Wayne Gretzky

“Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.” - Doug Collins

“Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.” - Phil Jackson

Gold Medals aren’t really made of Gold. They’re made of Sweat, Determination, and hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else - Vince Lombardi

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision - Muhammad Ali

Love is playing every game as if it’s your last- Michael Jordan

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”- Derek Jeter

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” - Muhammad Ali

National Sports day: Unknown Facts about Dhyan Chand, The Hockey Legend

National Sports day is celebrated remarking the birth anniversary of India’s hockey legend Dhyan Chand. He was known to be the best hockey player of all time. With his amazing skills on the field, he would make opposition team look like ducks.His ability to make goals and winning matches had brought many memorable victories as well as medals for India.

He was born on August 29, 1905, at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. The hockey legend was the main reason for India’s dominance in the early 1900s. With his exceptional talent, he had gained huge fans not only in India but from all over the world. On his birthday, i.e., 29th August is celebrated as National Sports day in India where President of India will give awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dronacharya awards to the players and coaches.

On his 111th birth anniversary, we would like to share some unknown and Interesting facts about the hockey wizard of India.

• Dhyan Chand joined the British Indian Army as a Sepoy in 1921 at the age of 16.
• As a young boy, Dhyan Chand used to love wrestling and never played hockey before joining the Army
• His original name was Dhyan Singh. His fellow players gave him the name of Dhyan Chand since he used to practice a lot in the Moon( Chand in Hindi) light.

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• Witnessing his exceptional performance in the Berlin Olympics 1936 Adolf Hitler became a fan of his game and offered him German citizenship along with the rank of Colonel in the military.

• Dhyan Chand with his brilliance in the stick work had earned India three Olympic gold medals in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.
• During the Olympic final against Germany in 1936, In the 2nd half of the match, Dhyan Chand removed his spiked shoes & stockings and played with barefoot. He managed to score three goals with barefoot.

• Once in a hockey match, Dhyan Chand was not able to score a single goal against the rival team. After several unsuccessful attempts, he started arguing with the referee over the measurement of the goal post. To everyone’s surprise, it was found not to be in conformation with the official width of a goal post

• In 1936, Dhyan Chand lost a tooth when he collided with German Goal keeper Tito Warnholtz.
• The fear of Dhyan Chand’s marvelous game play forced the officials in Netherlands to break his hockey stick to check if there was a magnet inside.
• As a tribute to the hockey wizard of India, the residents of Vienna, Austria had set up a statue with four hands and four hockey sticks, depicting his mastery in the game.
• Dhyan Chand scored 14 goals at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, finishing as the leading goal-scorer at the event.

• When India beat USA 24-1 in the 1932 Summer Olympics hockey final, Dhyan Chand scored eight goals, while his brother Roop Singh netted 10. The duo scored a combined 25 goals at the tournament.

• In his total International career spanning from 1926-1948, he scored more than 400 goals
• Dhyan Chand retired from the army with the rank of Major, and he was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1956.

• Arguably the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Don Bradman on seeing Dhyan Chand said, “You score goals like runs.”

• Regarded as one of the 359 Olympic heroes. A tube station in London has been named after Dhyan Chand.

• Under his name, Dhyan Chand Award is given by the Ministry Of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. Of India for lifetime achievement in the field of sports and games. The award was initiated in the year 2002.
• In honour of arguably the greatest hockey player of all time, the National Hockey Stadium in Delhi was renamed as Dhyan Chand National Stadium in 2002.
• Goal’ is the autobiography of Dhyan Chand, published in 1952
• Dhyan Chand was given the Padma Bhushan award in 1956.

There is a huge demand by the sports lovers and hockey fans asking Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand but the Indian government had not awarded yet . No matter whether the government award him or not he was surely the ‘Ratna of Bharat.’

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