National Sports Day: The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on August 29 every year. This day marks the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, a hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. He is an athlete who put India in map back when the whole world is in wars and political bloodshed. In honour of Dhyan Chand, National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29. He turned up to join in Army where he took up Hockey.
Dhyan Chand has scored more than 400 goals in his International career and he continued playing till 1948, the time he was 42. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956 by the Indian Government for his continuous Contribution towards the Indian Hockey. Even after his retirement, he was the hockey coach chief National Institute of Sports in Patiala and he also taught Hockey in many coaching camps conducted in Rajasthan. Thus, he is the greatest sportsperson that India had ever produced. Hence Indian Government decided to celebrate his birthday as the National Sports Day.
On this day many Indian Hockey teams conduct friendly matches among them at the Utsav Kumar National Stadium in New Delhi. The National Sports Day is celebrated throughout the country in various educational institutes, Schools and sports Academics. The day is celebrated by conducting various sports events and other games and distribute prizes to various budding sportsmen. The National Sports Day is mainly celebrated in Punjab and Chandigarh.
The National Sports Day is mainly celebrated in Punjab and Chandigarh. On this National Sports Day, many prestigious Sports awards such as Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award are awarded to the sportsperson and coaches who make the country proud at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.