Prime Minister Modi paid his sincere gratitude towards Indian Hockey Legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 115th birth anniversary. His birthday is celebrated as “National Sports Day” where all the sports awards are presented to respective athletes by Sports Ministry on this auspicious day.
Prime Minister stated that “his magic with hockey will never be forgotten”.
Paying his tribute to Major Dhyan Chand, PM Tweeted “Today, on National Sports Day, we pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, whose magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten. This is also a day to laud the outstanding support given by the families, coaches, and support staff towards the success of our talented athletes. “
Today, on #NationalSportsDay, we pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, whose magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten.
This is also a day to laud the outstanding support given by the families, coaches and support staff towards the success of our talented athletes.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2020
He said National Sports Day is “a day to celebrate the remarkable achievements of all those exemplary sportspersons who have represented India in various sports and made our nation proud. Their tenacity and determination are outstanding. “
Prime Minister also stressed that the government is making all efforts to make sports popular in the country. We are working hard to improve the sporting infrastructure of our country so that more talent can come from grassroots level.
“Government of India is making numerous efforts to popularise sports and support sporting talent in India. At the same time, I urge everyone to make sports and fitness exercises a part of their daily routine“.
Dhyan Chand, who was born in 1905, was known from his magical hockey skills. He was part of that Indian team who won gold in three consecutive Olympics in 1928,1932, and 1936 respectively.
All the National Sports Awards which includes Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Arjuna award, the Dronacharya award and the Dhyan Chand award is presented to athletes every year by President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29 popularly known as National Sports Day.
The names of the athletes who will be given all the sports awards this year were announced virtually by Honourable President of India.