Major Dhyanchand and National Sports Day.
Today National Sports Day is being celebrated in the entire country, in memory of Major Dhyanchand ji. Dhyanchand ji is considered to be the magician of the hockey world. His style of playing is popular not only in India but all over the world. He is also famous with a name called “Dadda”.
Major Dhyanchand’s birthday was declared as “National Sports Day” by the Sports Minister of India. Due to this, 29th August is celebrated as the sports day in India in memory of Major Dhyanchand. Today, 114th birthday of Major Dhyanchand is being celebrated.
On the birthday of Major Dhyanchand, we should know his life’s few important things-
Dhyanchand was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad. He took a soldier’s job at the age of 16, after which he joined the army. Until this time he had no interest in hockey, it is the role of a Subedar of the regiment to make major Dhyanchand interested in hockey. Subedar ji, Used to play hockey with Dhyanchand.
Dhyanchand played hockey from 1922 to 1926 only for army competition. After this, the first hockey matches were played in New Zealand on 13 May 1926. Total 21 matches were played here, out of which 3 were Test matches, he won total of 18 matches, while in 3 matches they failed after this he was elected to India National Hockey team.
Dhyanchand ji has scored more than 1000 goals in his life. In the football world, he is known as Badman, the great hockey player of our country, no one has broken the record of major DhyanChand.
He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan post of distinguished citizen of India in 1956. Dhyanchand also won the gold medal for our country and won India’s honour by winning the Olympics for 3 times. First Olympics in 1928, Second Olympics in 1932, Dhyanchand ji won the third Olympics in 1936.
On the occasion of Dhyanchand ji’s birthday, the President of our country honours the great winners of the country with game Awards such as – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dhyanchand Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award Let’s do it.
When Major Dhyanchand used to play hockey it was really amazing for the audience, it used to seem that his stick was made of the magnet.
In Japan, Dhyanchand’s stick was feared to have glue and it was also investigated.