Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to hockey icon and legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 110 th birth anniversary and all sports enthusiasts across the country on the occasion of National Sports Day.
Using the medium of Twitter to convey his message, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Best wishes to sports enthusiasts & tributes to Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports Day. May sports & sportsman spirit shine in India.”
National Sports Day in India is celebrated on the August 29. The day marks the birthday of Dhyan Chand, the legendary hockey player who won gold medals for India at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics.
This day is usually celebrated by organizing friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National stadium in New Delhi which was constructed in honor of Dhyan Chand.
Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905 and died on December 3, 1979. He was widely considered the greatest field hockey player of all time and is most remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats. India was the most dominant team in hockey between 1928 and 1964.
Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Chand played his final international match in 1948. He scored over 400 goals during his international career.