29 August Observed as National Sports Day of India [ Current Affairs - Sports ]

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29 August observed as the National Sports Day in India every year to pay tribute to legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary and to celebrate this day President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports Awards to the sports person at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

Hockey player Dhyan Chand

Hockey player Dhyan Chand

Hockey player Dhyan Chand

Recipients of 2016 National Sports Awards  

  •  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
  1. PV Sindhu (Badminton)
  2. Sakshi Malik (Wrestling)
  3. Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics)
  4. Jitu Rai (Shooting)
  • Dhyan Chand Award 2015
  1. Ms. Satti Geetha (Athletics)
  2. Shri Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey)
  3. Shri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing)
  • 2016 Dronacharya Award
  1. Shri Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics)
  2. Shri Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing)
  3. Shri Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket)
  4. Shri Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics)
  5. Shri S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) (Lifetime)
  6. Shri Mahabir Singh (Wrestling) (Lifetime)
  • 2016 Arjuna Award
  1. Shri Rajat Chauhan (Archery)
  2. Ms. Lalita Babar (Athletics)
  3. Shri Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker)
  4. Shri Shiva Thapa (Boxing)
  5. Shri Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket)
  6. Shri Subrata Paul (Football)
  7. Ms. Rani (Hockey)
  8. Shri Raghunath V.R. (Hockey)
  9. Shri Gurpreet Singh (Shooting)
  10. Ms. Apurvi Chandela (Shooting)
  11. Shri Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis)
  12. Ms. Vinesh (Wrestling)
  13. Shri Amit Kumar (Wrestling)
  14. Shri Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics)
  15. Shri Virender Singh (Wrestling (Deaf))

About Major Dhyan Chand

  • Major Dhyan Chand is India’s legendary hockey player ever.
  • He was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • At the young age of 16 years, he had started playing hockey after joining the Army.
  • He was titled as ’The Wizard’ because of his superb ball control.
  • He had scored more than 1000 goals during his career.
  • He has extraordinary skills in goal-scoring feats, he also had earn 3 Olympic gold medals in hockey in:
  1. 1928 at Amsterdam
  2. 1932 at Los Angeles
  3. 1936 at Berlin

- Published on: August 31, 2016