Sports doesn't teach you to build your character, it shows your character. Everyone in this world likes to play. Let it be Pravin Tambe of age 51, who proved age is just a number, let her be Anahat Singh of 14 years, who proved the younger you are the more curious you are, or let him be Rohit Sharma of 35. Who proved that failures are a part of and a stepping stone towards success. To give heartfelt gratitude to major Dhyan Chand the government of India declared 29th Aug as the national sports day.

 Losers make excuses and winners make history. 29th of august 1905, a legend was born to rule the world of hockey. Major Dhyan Chand known as the magician of hockey, won three consecutive gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1938 respectively in Olympics. Major Dhyan Chand was the captain of the Indian hockey team from 1936, and he scored 400 international goals from 1926 to 1948. Under his influence, India won seven gold medals out of eight from 1928 to 1964. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in the year 1956. India has majorly four sports awards, the Arjun award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the Dronacharya award, and the Dyan Chand award. This was small gratitude to major Dhyan Chand for his contribution to the world of hockey. To show gratitude toward major Dhyan Chand the national stadium in Delhi was renamed Major Dhyan Chand stadium.

 There is one of the most popular incidences of major Dhyan Chand in which the people check their hockey sticks. Everyone use to believe that major Dhyan Chand had a magnet in his hockey stick that why he used to control the ball so well. However, this was fake and proved fake when the hockey stick of dhyan chand was checked. This is still popular and a specialty of Dhyan Chand.

 We celebrate national sports day on 29 Aug every year to recognize the contribution of major Dyan Chand, to show gratitude towards him, and to spread awareness about the importance of sports in the younger generation. 29th Aug 2012, this was the date on which it was declared that every year on this day national sports day will be celebrated.

 Dyan Chand joined the Indian army at the age of 16 and took up hockey while he was still enrolled. Since Dyan Chand used to practice during the night, he was given the nickname “Chand” by his fellow players, his practice session at night invariably coincided with the coming out of the moon. 

“Chand means moon in Hindi Dyan Chand was the leading goal scorer in the 1928 Olympics. Once, when he was not able to score he argued with the referee about the measurement of the goal post, and to everyone's amazement, he was right. Australian great don Bradman met Dyan Chand in Adelaide in 1935. After watching him play, “he scores goals like runs in cricket” said don Brodmann.

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