It has often been said that true sportsmanship is what defines the real spirit of a game. India as a country has been making its mark in various sports across the globe – with P.V. Sindhu becoming the Badminton World Champion to Mary Kom being declared as the Best Asian Female athlete, just a day prior to National Sports Day, India is truly enjoying a “field day” in the realm of Sports.
So, when is National Sports Day celebrated?
Every year on the 29th of August, India honours its sportsmen and their contributions.
What happens on this day?
The National Sports Day, also known as the Rashtriya Khel Divas, is commemorated every year by the President of India bestowing the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. The Dronacharya Awards, Arjuna Awards, and Dhyan Chand Award are also awarded on this day.
The Khel Ratna Award is the highest honour for a sportsman in this country and this year we have two remarkable players lined up by the Selection Committee – Deepa Malik, who won the silver medal at the Rio Paralympics and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
Why is 29th August celebrated as National Sports Day?
This day marks the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, a legend in the field of hockey. Also fondly remembered as “The Wizard”, Dhyan Chand, in his career that lasted for 22 years, had scored more than 400 goals. The years, 1928, 1932 and 1936 are etched in golden letters in the history of Indian sports as this leader led the Indian Hockey Team to gold at the Olympics. He played his last international game in 1948 and in 1956 the country honoured him with the Padma Bhushan.
This year, the honourbale Indian Prime Minister launched the Fit India campaign on this day, urging Indians to take a pledge to stay healthy and fit!
India has done itself proud in the field of sports and we pray the spirit of sportsmanship this country has, never dies!