Wishes continue to pour in from across India on National Sports Day today which is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand who was born on August 29, 1905. It is his 115th birth anniversary today.
The magician with a hockey stick led India to three gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936, and scored 400 goals in his 22-year-long career. On National Sports Day, the President of India honours eminent athletes from various sports with the prestigious Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, and Dhyan Chand Award. This year, the National Sports Awards ceremony is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wishing the nation on the day, PM Narendra Modi took to twitter and wrote, “Today, on #NationalSportsDay, we pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, whose magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten. This is also a day to laud the outstanding support given by the families, coaches and support staff towards the success of our talented athletes.”
#NationalSportsDay is a day to celebrate the remarkable achievements of all those exemplary sportspersons who have represented India in various sports and made our nation proud. Their tenacity and determination are outstanding.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2020
Playing sports is not just fun but also keeps us mentally & physically fit.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 29, 2020
On the occasion of #NationalSportsDay , I pay my tribute to ‘The Wizard’ #MajorDhyanChand Ji on his Birth Anniversary. Let’s salute, celebrate and remember fondly the athletes who have made India proud and inspired millions 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Y2ovEMjTn9
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 29, 2020
3 बार के ओलंपिक स्वर्ण पदक विजेता महान हॉकी खिलाड़ी मेजर ध्यानचंद जी की जयंती पर सादर नमन।
हॉकी के जादूगर मेजर ध्यानचंद जी की स्मृती में ही राष्ट्रीय खेल दिवस का आयोजन किया जाता है।
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 29, 2020
— Swapna Barman (@Swapna_Barman96) August 29, 2020
16 की उम्र में मेजर ध्यानचंद जी ने भारतीय सेना ज्वाइन की,चांद की रोशनी में प्रैक्टिस करने वाले इस महान खिलाड़ी की 116वीं जयंती पर सभी देशवासियों को खेल दिवस की बधाई। #NationalSportsDay #MajorDhyanChand #Hockey @adgpi @ANI @KirenRijiju @AjaySingh_SG @BFI_official @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/0fHnR1P5Qb
— Amit Panghal (@Boxerpanghal) August 29, 2020
On #NationalSportsDay paid floral tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary today, at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. #MajorDhyanChand #NationalSportsDay2020 pic.twitter.com/e38ysutdjZ
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2020