Rashtriya Khel Divas : Nation remembers Major Dhyan Chand on 116th birth anniversary

NewsDesk    29-Aug-2021
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The National Sports Day in India (also called Rashtriya Khel Divas) is celebrated on 29th August every year with a lot of enthusiasm and sportsmanship. This day marks the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. On this day, the President presents the Dhronacharya award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (now Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award) and Arjuna Award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan to honour athletes and their coaches for their impeccable performances.Popularly known as 'Wizard of Hockey', Major Dhyan Chand Singh is considered the greatest hockey player in India. He was born on 29 August 1905 and had won various awards throughout his life, including India’s third highest civilian honour -- the Padma Bhushan award.