national sports day 2023

Some Interesting Facts

The Birth of a Legend

National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August to commemorate the birthday of India's legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, who was  born on 29  August 1905.

The Wizard of Hockey

Major Dhyan Chand had earned the nickname 'The Wizard', for his extraordinary and unmatched hockey skills, something that amazed the world of hockey. 

A Streak of Gold Medals

Major Dhyan Chand's remarkable prowess on the hockey field led India to a three-time consecutive Olympic gold medal triumph in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

The official Celebration

National Sports Day was officially designated on Major Dhyan Chand's birthday, August 29th, and it was first celebrated in his honor in the year 2012.

The 'Fit India Movement'

National Sports Day aligns with the Fit India Movement, promoting an active lifestyle, laying emphasis on the importance of physical activity and wellness.