National Sports Day – 29th August
♦ National Sports Day is called with the identity Rashtriya Khel Divas in some components of India. The Postal Department of India paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand in 1979 after his demise and renamed the Delhi National Stadium as Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Delhi. It was announced in 2012, that a day had to be celebrated as National Sports Day with the intent of spreading attention about the spirit of sportsmanship and propagating the message of more than a few sports. And for this once more a tribute was once given to Major Dhayan Chand on his birth anniversary and announced twenty ninth August as National Sports Day in India.
♦ Major Chand was born on August 29, 1905, in Allahabad and was once an incredible hockey player of his time. He was regarded as the famous person or wizard of a hockey participant as in the course of his period, his team received a hat-trick of gold medals in Olympics throughout the years- 1928, 1932, and 1936. He performed internationally for 23 years from 1926 to 1949. He performed 185 matches in his career & scored 570 goals. Major was so passionate about hockey, that he used to practise for the sport at night time in the moonlight which led him to the name, Dhyan Chand. In 1956, Dhyan Chand was once awarded Padma Bhushan Award, he was the 0.33 civilian to get the honour.