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August 29: National Sports Day

August 29: National Sports Day

The National Sports Day (NSD) was  celebrated  in India on 29th of August for every year to mark the Birth Anniversary of  “Major Dhyan Chand”.He was the legend hockey player, he was known as ‘The Wizard’ or ‘The Magician’ of hockey for his great skill.

About Major Dhyan Chand

The legendary hockey player “Major Dhyan Chand”  was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad. He was widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He  started playing hockey only after joining the ‘Army at the age of 16’.

Achievement in Sports:

He won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1934 and 1936. He scored over 400 goals in his career, from the year 1926 to 1948. It was believed that after India defeated Germany in the year  1936 Olympics final by 8-1, Adolf Hitler offered him a senior post in the German Army, but Dhyan Chand refused that.


His autobiography “Goal!” was published by Sport & Pastime (Madras) in the year 1952. The Government of India (GoI) awarded him the 3rd highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in the year 1956. Beside this, the most noted unforgettable memorial for him was the “Major Dhyan Chand Award”, which is the highest award for lifetime achievement in  both sports and games in India.

It has been awarded annually from 2002 to sporting figures that not only contribute through their performance but also contribute to the sport after their retirement.


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August 29: National Sports Day