National Sports Day

National Sports Day

   Kautilya Academy    29-08-2020

Every year, India celebrates National Sports Day on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand. He was born on August 29, 1905.

About Major Dhyan Chand

Major Dhyan Chand was known as “The Wizard” and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career. He won three Olympic gold medals in the field of hockey in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).

He has represented India in more than 185 matches and has scored more than 400 goals. In 1956, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan (the third highest civilian award).


Sports Day celebrations in India

National Sports Day is celebrated in India by presenting awards such as Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Award.


Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

The award is the highest sporting honor of India. It was instituted in 1991-92. The selection committee chooses the person based on his performance in the field of sports in the last four years. In 2020, the award is being presented to the following

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu
  • Manika Batra
  • Vinesh Phogat
  • Rani Rampal

Arjuna Award

The award is being presented since 1961. In order to be eligible to receive the award, the person should not only have had a good performance in the past four years but should also have had international excellence for the year for which the award is recommended.


Dronacharya Award

The award is presented for outstanding coaches in the country. Guru Drona is a character in the epic Mahabharata. He was the master who trained the Kaurava and Pandava princes in military arts and sastras.


Dhyan Chand Award

It is the lifetime achievement award. It was instituted in 2002. It is presented to events such as Paralympic games, Olympic games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, world cup, and world championship.


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