National Sports Day, 2021
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29 August is celebrated as National Sports Day. It is a tribute to our hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary. He is also known as "The Wizard" for his magnificent game. Major Dhyan Chand was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad.
- In the 1928 Olympics, the Indian team won gold defeating their opponents by huge margins.
- It was the country’s first gold medal. Dhyan Chand showed the world his magic of controlling the ball and gained the title of the 'magician of hockey.'
- In 2002, the National Stadium in New Delhi was renamed Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
- Recently, the Prime Minister renamed Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award after the appreciable performance by Indian Men's and Women's hockey team at Tokyo 2020.