Happy National Sports Day: Why it is celebrated?

Here is why Dhyan Chand’s Birthday Is Recognized as Rashtriya Khel Divas!

Well, today is National Sports Day, and on this special occasion would like to thank each and every sports personality for giving too much to our country. National Sports Awards such as Arjuna and Khel Ratna are conferred on selected athletes by the President of India every year on this day. National Sports Day in India is celebrated on August 29, the birthday of Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest field hockey players of all time.

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Tribute to Dhyan Chand!

Dhyan Chand won gold medals for India in Olympics in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. On this day, matches are organized between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. National Sports Awards such as Arjuna and Khel Ratna are conferred on selected athletes by the President of India every year, on this day. The National Hockey stadium in Delhi was renamed as Dhyan Chand National Stadium in 2002. So basically, it’s a tribute to Dhyan Chand. The day is also known as Rashtriya Khel Divas. The Major Dyanchand Awards conferred on athletes are the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal!

Well, Prime Minister of our country too requested youth to play as much as they can. During his recent Mann Ki Baat address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the youth to get out of their homes and play on the ground. Praising Dhyan Chand and his achievements, Modi said that he should be an inspiration to the young. During his address, Modi also informed that the government is launching a Sports Talent Search Portal, an initiative of Sports Minister Vijay Goel to find out sporting talent in the country. He had said, “Any talented child, who has an achievement in sports, can upload his bio data or video on this portal. The Ministry of Sports will impart training to selected emerging players. The Ministry is launching the portal tomorrow.”

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