India celebrates National Sports Day every year on 29th August. The day is celebrated to commemorate the great, legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh. 29th August is the birthday of Shri Dhyan Chand who made India proud by his extraordinary sporting skills. Let us know more about Shri Dhyan Chand and Celebrations of national sports day.
Dhyan Chand Singh: The Legendary
Shri Dhyan Chand was born on 29th August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He was introduced to hockey at the age of 14. At the age of 16 he was inducted into the Punjab regiment and soon got good mentors for his career.
Soon Dhyan Chand started doing very well in his career. He displayed amazing skills. In one of the hockey match he made his team victorious in the match which was losing by 2 goals. This was the match of the Punjab Tournament in Jhelum. From then he was named the “Hockey Wizard”.
Shri Dhyan Singh began his international career in 1926. He was always top with his goal-scoring feats. He became captain of the team and won 3 Olympic gold medals. He played till the age of 42 and retired in the year 1948. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan in 1956. He died of liver cancer on 3rd December, 1979. In honor of Shri Singh the Indian Postal Service issued a postage stamp and a stadium at New Delhi is named Dhyan Chand National Stadium after his passing away.