National Sports Day 2015

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The birthday of Dhyan Chand,the hockey player who won gold medals for India in the year 1928,1932 and 1936 Olympics is considered as the National Sports Day. He is known as ‘The Wizard’ for his playing abilities, was a central member of the Indian Hockey Team that won the gold medal in Olympics. He is considered as the greatest field hockey player of all times. He is remembered for his extraordinary ability in goal-scoring.

Born on the 29th of August 1905 at Prayag (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh to a Bais Rajput family. His father served the Indian Army as a Subedar, and played the game of Hockey. Initially known as Dhyan Singh, was not much interested into sports although he liked wrestling a lot. He started playing Hockey with his friends . At the age of 14 years he visited a Hockey match with his father, where one team was down by 2 goals. He insisted his father to play from the losing side, and when an Army Officer let him do so, Dhyan scored 4 goals for the team. Impressed by his skills, the Officer offered him to join the army and at the age of 16 years Dhyan was inducted into the Punjab Regiment as a Sepoy in the year 1922. Subedar-Major Bhole Tiwari of Brahmin Regiment became Dhyan’s mentor inside the Army and taught him the basics of the game.

For his extraordinary services to the nation, the Government of India celebrates Dhyan Chand’s birthday (29th of August) as National Sports Day. The Indian Postal Service issued a postage stamp in his memory, and the Dhyan Chand National Stadium at New Delhi has been named after him. He was honored by the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in the year 1956.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 110th birth anniversary and extended best wishes to all sports enthusiasts across the country on the occasion of the National Sports Day.

Inspiria also has a group of sports enthusiast who are very focused on their sports activities. A sports club functions where all sports activities function throughout the year. We salute this great legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 110 birthday, The National Sports Day.

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