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National Sports Day
National Sports Day in India
The National Sports Day of India is celebrated annually on 29th Auagust, which is also the birthday of legendary Indian hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh. The day is celebrated mostly in schools, colleges and other educational institutions to highlight the importance of sports in the everyday life of individuals. Apart from commemorating the great Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, the day is also considered to be an occasion for encouraging youngsters to take up various sporting activities as a profession and make a name for not only themselves but for their country as well.
About Major Dhyan Chand
Major Dyan Chand, who was born of 29th August 1905, in the holy city of Allahabad, was renowned for his extraordinary sporting skills. He was single handedly responsible for popularizing hockey as a great sporting activity in India. His ability to create extraordinary magic with his stick in a hockey field earned him the title of the “Hockey Wizard”. He began his international career in 1926 and helped India win 3 Olympic gold medals, during his captaincy.
It is a well known fact that the period during which Major Dhyan Chand played hockey for India, was the golden period of this Indian National Sport. This legendary player continued to play his favorite game until he turned 42 in 1948, after which he retired. Known to be a thorough gentleman both off and on field, Dhyan Chand was also honored with Padma Bushan, Inida’s third highest civilian award and is the only hockey player to have received this honor till date.
Celebration Of National Sports Day
Many schools across the nation celebrate their Annual sports day on 29th along with the National Sports Day on 29th August. This is done with the aim of instilling a sense of love and respects towards sports in the minds of young children as well as educationg them about one of the most significant sports personalities of India.
On the national level, a grand function is organized at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, with the President giving away the National Sports Awards, to players who have made the country proud with their great sporting skills. The Awards handed out include the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Dhronacharya Award. The Dyan Chand Award, which is the nation’s highest award for sporting excellence and which was first given in 2002, is also given away on this day.
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