On National Sports Day, PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Dhyan Chand, says his legendary skills did wonders for Indian hockey

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New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2017 10:37:38 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of National Sports Day today took to Twitter to congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts, paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary and spoke about the sporting talent present in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of National Sports Day today took to Twitter to congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts, paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary and spoke about the sporting talent present in the country. In a series of posts, PM Modi said, “On #NationalSportsDay, I congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts who pursue sports with great vigor and passion.” He remembered Major Dhyan Chand and said, “I pay tributes to the exemplary Major Dhyan Chand, whose legendary sporting skills did wonders for Indian hockey.” He further talked about the benefits of sports and said, “Sports is about physical fitness, mental alertness, and personality enhancement.” He further added, “India is blessed with immense sporting talent. To harness this potential, a portal was launched by @IndiaSports.” While talking about the portal he said, “The #NationalSportsTalentSearchPortal gives essential direction & support to youngsters to pursue their sporting aspirations and shine.”

Here are the tweets by PM Narendra Modi-

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Vijay Goel and MoS Home Kiren Rijiju paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary too.

Cricketer Virender Sehwag also paid tribute to the hockey legend. He shared a number of posts saying, “Tributes to the greatest hockey player of all times and India’s greatest sportsman, Major Dhyanchand on #NationalSportsDay.” He added, “Every child in the country must know about the legend Major Dhyanchand was.He joined the Indian army at the age of 16 and retired in 1956.” He further said, “He was called Chand by his team-mates because he used to wait for the moon to come out for practice. He was also called as ‘The Wizard’.” Further while talking about the contribution made by Dhyan Chand, he said, “During the1936 Olympic final against Germany, it’s said that Dhyan Chand removed his spiked shoes & stockings in 2nd half & played barefoot. Barefoot, he scored 3 goals.What a legend!In Netherlands, once the authorities broke his hockey stick to check if there was a magnet inside.”

Sehwag also wrote, “There is a sports club in Vienna having a statue of Dhyanchand bearing 4arms & 4hockey sticks to illustrate just how magical his skills were. It is said that in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Dhyan Chand who was the flag-bearer, refused to salute Adolf Hitler. What a man !….During 1936 Olympics, the whole city of Berlin had posters: “Visit the hockey stadium to watch the Indian magician Dhyan Chand in action.”….Sir Don Bradman on seeing Dhyan Chand said, “You score goals like runs”. Such a legend needs to be known and celebrated so much more.”

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