Today August 29- is marked as Rashtria Khel Divas or National Sports Day in all over the India. It is a day which celebrates and honors the birth date of the greatest sportsperson produced by India- Hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
Dhyan Chand, frequently referred as ‘The Wizard’ for his incredible hockey skills, was born on the 29th August 1905. He enrolled in the Indian army at the age of 16. Originally named Dhyan Singh, the legend received the nickname ‘Chand’ from his colleagues as he used to wait for the moon to come out and then practice all night in the moonlight.
He won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1934 and 1936. He scored over 400 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1948. After putting his stamp on international hockey arena, and having served his country to reach its pinnacles of glory multiple times. He is a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey.
The most noted memorials for him is the Major Dhyan Chand Award ,the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India , and the National Sport day celebrations on his birthday.
To tributes to the phenomenal hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand, India post has issued commemorative postage stamp and first day cover.
Mintage world greetings to all sports enthusiast on National Sports Day!
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