National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 every year to honour the hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand. The Government of India has decided to celebrate his birthday as the National Sports Day since 2012. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will pay tribute to Major Dhyan Chand at Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi on his birth anniversary.
National Sports Day 2020 celebration
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year President Ram Nath Kovind will give National Sports and Adventure Awards virtually on National Sports Day on August 29. Kiren Rijiju, Narendra Dhruv Batra—President of the Indian Olympic Association and other dignitaries will attend the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Major Dhyan Chand hockey achievements
Major Dhyan Chand, the greatest hockey player of India won three Olympic gold medals. At the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936, Dhyan Chand was appointed as the captain of the Indian Hockey team. Dhyan Chand had scored more than 400 international goals in his international career from 1926 to 1948. He was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour in the year 1956 by Government of India.
Major Dhyan Chand Singh came to be known as ‘Wizard of Hockey’, worldwide. He was born on August 29, 1905, at Allahabad (now Prayagraj) in Uttar Pradesh. He joined the Indian army as a soldier in 1922.
On National Sports Day, read quotes by legends of Indian Sports
As far as one-day cricket is concerned, Dhoni is one of the greatest captains of all times—Sourav Ganguly
I have always maintained that if you work hard, it won’t go waste, as recognition will come to you at some stage, whether in studies or sports. You need to have good intentions and intent to move ahead in life as well as in sports—Suresh Raina
My philosophy is to not be scared of anyone. If I play well, great; if I don’t, I learn from the match and move on—Saina Nehwal
The future is uncertain, and therefore I can’t predict it—Suresh Raina
There are 2 types of captains in World Cricket. One is MS Dhoni and the other are the all others—Navjot Singh Sidhu
If you don’t execute on your plans, then you don’t reach anywhere—Sachin Tendulkar
It is important to understand that if you do fall, it’s important for you to get right back up again—Sachin Tendulkar
Practice is a talent. Perseverance is a talent. Hard work is a talent—Abhinav Bindra
I feel that schools and corporates should help the government in popularising sports in the country. Blaming the government for every sporting debacle will not be fair—Viswanathan Anand
You can’t say what the outcome of a competition is going to be, so now I am ready to accept any result that comes my way, if I give my best shot—Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore