National Sports Day in India Date in the current year: August 29, 2016

National Sports Day in India On August 29, Indians celebrate National Sports Day. The holiday was established to commemorate the birthday of Dhyan Chand, an Indian field hockey player considered to be one of the greatest field hockey players of all time.

Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905. He began to play field hockey in the army, which he joined at the age of 16. In 1926, he joined India's national field hockey team. Three years later, India won the men's gold medal at the 1928 Summer Olympic in Amsterdam. During the tournament, Chand scored 14 goals in 5 matches. He also helped the team earn two more Olympic gold medals in 1932 and 1936.

In 1934, Chand was appointed captain of the national team. He continued to play for the national team until 1948 and for the Indian Army until 1956. He retired from the army at the age of 51 and began a coaching career. Chand is a legendary figure in Indian and world hockey, he helped his country dominate in hockey for several decades.

National Sports Day in India is celebrated with awards ceremonies. Indian awards presented for excellence in sports and sports coaching include the Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. The celebration also includes friendly matches between sports teams, various sporting events held at schools, etc.

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