National Sports Day: Sports teach us a lot of important life skills while keeping us mentally and physically healthy. Maintaining a healthy level of physical activity and sports involvement offers various health advantages, including improved cardiovascular fitness, reduced risk of obesity, bone health, and better sleep.
National Sports Day is observed by every country in order to encourage more people to take part in physical activities. National Sports Day in India is celebrated every year on August 29, which is also called Rashtriya Khel Diwas.
National Sports Day History
National Sports Day was included in India’s list of national celebrations for the first time in 2012. Major Dhyan Chand, who is widely known as the “Hockey Wizard” and “The Magician”, was born on August 29, 1905, and his birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day.
Dhyan Chand was a part of the Indian hockey team that won gold medals in three consecutive Summer Olympics, in the years 1928, 1932, and 1936. He was given the name Dhyan Chand because of his immense interest in the sport.
The Indian government honored Dhyan Chand with Padma Bhushan in 1956.
National Sports Day: Significance and Celebrations
National Sports Day’s main motive is to promote awareness about the importance of sports. The government leveraged the event to launch a variety of sports-related projects in 2012.
Several sports personalities receive significant sporting honors from India’s president, including Arjun awards, Khel Ratna, Dhyan Chand Awards, and Dronacharya Awards. The Dhyan Chand Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of an athlete in his/her sport.