National Sports Day

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    In Context 

    India celebrates National Sports Day on 29th August to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand. 

    About National Sports Day

    • It was first observed in 2012 as a tribute to Major Dhyanchand. 
    • The day is also dedicated to the nations’ sports heroes and champions, honouring their contribution and dedication towards bringing laurels to the country. 
    • It aims to create awareness about the importance of sports and the benefits of being physically active in life. 

    About Major Dhyan Chand

    • Born on August 29, 1905, Major Dhyanchand went on to become one of the legends in the game of hockey.
    • He played a crucial role in India’s gold medal victory at the Olympics three consecutive times – Amsterdam in 1928, Los Angeles in 1932 and Berlin in 1936
    • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in 1956.
    • In 1979, the Indian Postal Department issued special stamps to honour the magician of hockey

    Source:PIB