National Sports Day
National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. He was born on 29 August 1905 in the Prayagraj formerly Allahabad. Major Dhyan Chand was the captain of the Gold medal-winning Indian hockey team at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. National Sports Day also stresses the need to stay fit and healthy. The main objective of National Sports Day is to spread awareness of the importance of sports and daily activities in our life.
History of National Sports Day
National Sports Day is observed on 29 August every year to commemorate the birthday of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
He joined the army at an early age and learned the game of hockey from his coach Pankaj Gupta. He quickly picked up the technique of ball dribbling which led him to became the captain of the Indian Hockey team. Due to his extraordinary skills, he was named as ‘Chand’.
Major Dhyanchand has won three-time Olympic gold medals for Indian Hockey Team. Also, he has won Padma Bhushan award the only hockey player who won this award. His lifetime awards and achievements in sports are considered as the highest point in the history of Indian sports.
How To Celebrate National Sports Day?
The National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August, on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. He is a legendary figure in Indian and world hockey. This day is celebrated by organizing friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi which was constructed in the respect and honor of Major Dhyan Chand. A lot of schools throughout the country celebrate this day as their Annual Sports Day and young people are also encouraged and spread awareness of the possibilities in sports and what all advancement the country has obtained in sports.