Today is Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary, observed as the National Sports Day in India. Incidentally, the National Sports Awards are also given out on this day every year to the accomplished athletes. Dhyan Chand was part of the India team that won the Olympic Hockey gold in 1928, 1932, and 1936.
Taking the occasion, the Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has paid rich tributes to the hockey wizard from India. “He was our pride for a long time. He was the first Indian to go global and made India proud,” wrote Kiren Rijiju.
Rijiju also urged the people to join the ‘fit India movement’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Apart from Kiren Rijiju, a host of other sports personalities also offered their respect to the hockey great. “Tributes to ‘The wizard’ of hockey, the great #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary,” tweeted VVS Laxman. Shikhar Dhawan also tweeted his respect to Dhyan Chand with a picture of the great.
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