National Sports Day 2021
National Sports Day is celebrated on 29th August, on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, who is regarded as the nation’s greatest hockey player of all time.
Chand had led India to three Olympic gold medals in the years – 1928, 1932 and 1936. He had scored over 400 goals in 22 years, spanning from 1926 to 1948.
The noteworthy memorial for him is the Major Dhyan Chand Award, the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India.
Significance of National Sports Day
Other than spreading awareness on the importance of sports, the special day also highlights the achievements and contributions of Chand to India’s rich sports history and culture.
On this day, the President of India honours sports personalities who have achieved laurels in the sports realm with major awards including Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Award.
After the death of Chand in 1979, the Indian Postal Department issued stamps in his honour. As a tribute to him, the National Stadium of Delhi was also renamed to Major Dhyan Chand stadium.
The Indian government over the years has launched many schemes related to sports on this day including the Khelo India scheme in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The above information and a video was shared with the students to apprise them about the significance of the National sports day.
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