• National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand Singh.
• • National Sports Day is also observed to spread awareness on the importance of sports.
Who was Dhyan Chand?
• Known as ‘Hockey Wizard’ and ‘The Magician’ for his outstanding skills and understanding of the game, Dhyan Singh helped Indian team win gold medals consecutively in three Olympics – 1928, 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.
• • He was born on August 29, 1905. He started his career in Hockey with the regimental team of the British Indian Army.
• He earned the name Dhyan Chand because of his dedication towards the sport.
• • He would practise Hockey in the night under the moonlight after duty hours. That’s why people started calling him Chand, the Hindi meaning of moon.
• He played the sport from 1926 to 1948 and during these years, Dhyan Chand represented India in 185 matches, scoring more than 400 goals.
• • In 1956, the Indian government conferred him with Padma Bhushan, third-highest civilian award.
• Dhyan Chand bid adieu to this world on December 3, 1979.