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National Sports Day or Rashtriya Khel Divas 2022

Every year, The National Sports Day or Rashtriya Khel Divas is observed on 29th August in India as a tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand who was born on this date in 1905. In 2012, This day was first designated and celebrated as India’s National Sports Day. on this day, The president of India distributes sports awards like the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, and Dhyan Chand Awards on this occasion.

National Sports Day 2022: Significance

  • Rashtriya Khel Diwas OR National Sports Day’s aim is to promote awareness regarding the importance of sports and being physically active in the daily life of all the citizens: older or younger.

National Sports Day: History 

  • In 1979, the Indian Postal Department paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand after his death and renamed the National Stadium of Delhi Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Delhi. 
  • In 2012, the day was celebrated to spread awareness about the spirit of sportsmanship and to propagate the message of various sports.
  • On this day, Major Dhayan Chand’s birthday falls.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

Who is Major Dhyan Chand: His 117th Birth Anniversary

  • Major Dhyan Chand was born on 29th August 1905, in Allahabad.
  • He was a great hockey player.
  • Major Dhyan Chand was known as the star or wizard of a hockey player as during his period.
  • He played an important role in his team getting a hat-trick of gold medals in the Olympics during years- 1928, 1932, and 1936. 
  • He played internationally for 23 years from 1926 to 1949.
  • He participated in 185 matches in his career and scored 570 goals.

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