Rajnath wishes sports fraternity on National Sports Day

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He was later awarded the Padma Bhushan by Indian Government in 1956 for his splendid contribution to Indian Hockey and was later considered for the greatest honour, Bharat Ratna. He had also mentioned about the National sports day, celebrated on 29 August.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister keeping his words paid a tribute to the hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his birthday and launched the National Sports Talent Search Portal. The hockey wizard went on to represent the nation till 1948, he was 42 at the time he threw in the towel.

On this day, sports-related awards like Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, and Dronacharya Award are conferred upon outstanding athletes and coaches. Sports Minister Vijat Goel and MoS Home Kirren Rijiju paid tributes to the sporting legend. He had earned three gold medals for India during 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics, a feat that made India a force to reckon with in hockey. In fact, tales of Dhyan Chand's wizardry saw foreign officials break his stick to see if there was some magnet inside them, or asking him to play with a walking stick where, much to their chagrin, he scored the most goals in the match, and even Hitler offered to make him a Colonel in his Army if he moved to Germany.

He said that "My dear young friends, the country celebrates National Sports Day on the 29th of August".

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced the launch of the "Khelo India" initiative on his radio programme, "Mann Ki Baat" and Sports Talent Search Portal was later launched on August 28 for people from all around the world to register and get training in their particular field of interest. His contribution to hockey was unparalleled.

"I pay tributes to the exemplary Major Dhyan Chand, whose legendary sporting skills did wonders for Indian hockey", he said in another tweet.

"On National Sports Day, I congratulate the entire sports fraternity in India".



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