Every year August 29 is celebrated as the National Sports Day in India to mark the birth anniversary of Hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
The success of Indian athletes in the recently concluded Rio Olympics has made the celebrations more lively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar at his residence in New Delhi last night.
PM Modi also met Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees and Tenzing Norgay awardees.
In a tweet, Mr Modi greeted the Nation on the occasion of National Sports Day and hoped that sports and sportsmanship will always shine in the society.
About National Sports Day:
This day is celebrated in dedication to Major Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest sportsperson this country has ever seen.
To mark this day various sports related programs are organised in schools and colleges.
The students are encouraged to take part in various sports related activities and competitions.
In addition students are inspired to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship in their lives.
Major Dhyan Chand: “The Wizard”
Major Dhyan Chand scored more than 400 goals during his international career and won India many medals.
The Government of India awarded him the third highest (then second highest) civilian honor of Padma Bhushan in 1956.
Dhyan Chand lead the Indian team as a captain and throughout his career had won 3 Olympic medals.
Furthermore, the National Stadium in Delhi was renamed Dhyan Chand National Stadium in 2002 in his honor.
The Dhyan Chand Award was initiated in 2002, which is awarded to those who have contributed during their career in sports as well as have been major contributors in the promotions of the sports after retirement.
In 1956, at the age of 51, he retired from the army with the rank of Major.