The National Sports Day is observed every year across India on 29 August to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905. On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports Awards on sportsperson at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
1. The legendary hockey player was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
2. He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career.
3. He is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He had started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.
4. He is mostly remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning 3 Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).