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National Sport's Day : In the glorious memory of Major Dhyan Chand

Kavishala Celebrates National Sport's Day 2021 in memory of Major Dhyan Chand on his 116th birth anniversary

29th Aug is most precisely celebrated annually as National Sports Day in memory of legendary Hockey player and remarkable Olympian.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 6 announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour, will be renamed after decorated Olympian Major Dhyan Chand. (PTI File)


Our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honor, will be renamed after decorated Olympian Major Dhyan Chand on the 6th of August, 2021 on popular demand.

And today on Sunday, Aug 29, the whole nation is remembering our legendary Olympian and, arguably the greatest Hockey player of all time, Major Dhyan Chand, on his 116th birth anniversary. As a tribute to Dhyan Chand, his birthday is commemorated as National Sports Day. This year, the occasion has coincided with India registering its best-ever finish in the Olympics, winning seven medals in the recently concluded Games in Tokyo. Indian athletes are winning medals in the ongoing Paralympics as well, which, like the Olympics, are being hosted in Japan’s capital city.

Our prestigious Union home minister Amit Shah said on Twitter to pay regards to Dhyan Chand said, “With his dedication and achievements, Major Dhyan Chand gave Indian Hockey a new identity. His passion and determination to bring glory to India, despite facing a lack of basic resources, shall always inspire us,”.


Dhyan Chand, unfortunately, passed away on 3rd Dec 1979, at the age of 74, was a member of the Indian Men’s Hockey teams which won three successive Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932, and 1936. In 1956, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award.

Wherein Tokyo, the Men’s Hockey team won finished third, winning its first Olympic medal since Moscow 1980, when it won its eighth gold in the sport. The Women’s team, meanwhile, came agonizingly close to winning a bronze of its own, which would have been its maiden Olympic medal. India had won 3 other bronze medals, in addition to gold and two silver medals.

The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29th Aug, on the birth anniversary of hockey player Major Dhyan Chand. This day marks the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in the Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932, and 1936. He scored the highest 570 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1949.

Having put his stamp on the International hockey arena, and having served his country to reach its pinnacles of glory multiple times. He was a reasonably legendary figure in Indian as well as earned a lot of name and fame in world hockey. The most noted memorials for him were the Major Dhyan Chand Award, the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India, and the National Sports Day

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