National Sports Day is a public holiday celebrated in various countries to honour the national sports teams and sports traditions of those countries.On this day people from different age groups take part in sports like kabaddi, marathon, basketball, hockey etc.
The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29 August, on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand . This day marks the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. He score 570 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1949( according to his autobiography, goals).
After putting his stamp on international hockey arena, and having served his country to reach its pinnacles of glory multiple times. He is a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey. The most noted memorials for him is the Major Dhyan Chand Award ,the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India , and the National Sport day celebrations on his birthday. Major Dhyan chand learnt the game of hockey from his coach Pankaj Gupta. There is no one who has reached his level in hockey. The birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand is on 29 August 1905.
Why Dhayn Chand is called the Magicians of Hockey ?
Dhyan Singh joined the Indian Army at the age of only 16 and started playing hockey there. Since Dhyan Singh practiced during the night, his fellow players started addressing him with the nickname “Chand”.
Once in the Netherlands, the authorities broke Dhyan Chand’s hockey stick due to the possibility of having magnet inside the hockey stick.
In the Summer Olympics of 1932, India defeated the United States and Japan 24–1 and 11–1 respectively. Of these 35 goals, Dhyan Chand scored 12 goals while his brother Roop Singh scored 13 goals. Due to this spectacular performance, both brothers came to be known as “Hockey Twins”.
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