The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29 August each year.
This day marks the birthday of Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1934 and 1936. He scored over 400 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1948.
He is a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey. The most noted memorials for him is the Major Dhyan Chand Award ,the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India , and the National Sport day celebrations on his birthday.
Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian Hockey player, who is considered as the greatest Hockey player in the history of the sport.He is known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, during an era where India was the most dominant team in Hockey. His influence extended beyond these victories, as India won the men’s field hockey gold medal in seven out of eight Olympics from 1928 to 1964. Such was his aura that it is believed that after India defeated Germany in the 1936 Olympics final 8-1, Hitler offered him a senior post in the German Army after witnessing his splendid performance to which he refused.
Known as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control, Chand played his final international match in 1948, having scored more than 400 goals (highest goal scorer in history of hockey) during his international career.The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 1956.