National Sports Day (NSD) was celebrated all over India on August 29 in fond memory of legendary Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand (1905-79) with local and national level events by sports persons, sports lovers and special media programmes as well. He is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players to have ever represented India.
On NSD, Dhyan Chand, born on 29 August 1905, was remembered for his goal-scoring feats and three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) and other international tournaments till 1948, scoring more than 400 goals in all. It was in 1956 that he retired from the army with the rank of a Major and was even honoured with the Padma Bhushan. He rightly deserved all the accolades, for he single-handedly won a number of matches and trophies for India
during his time.
"Sports has provided a unique opportunity for young people from all over the country to come together, live in the same environment, share the same food and at the same time compete with each other to attain higher and higher levels of sporting excellence. The importance of any sport is the joy in playing it. Playing the game and playing well is what sport is all about," said MP Navin Jindal to the Poinneer newspaper.
It is interesting to note that Austria had honoured Dhyan Chand by setting up the legend's statue, which comprised of four hands and four sticks, reflecting the control and skills, which he possessed during his days. The hockey stick in his hand worked like a magic wand. Also,a tube station has been named after him in London.
The honour to the great Indian hockey player in other parts of the world just goes on to show, how other countries also respected him for the player he was, when India dominated world hockey.