Ever wondered why Hockey is the national game of India? When is the National Sports Day celebrated in India? Who is considered as the magician with breathtaking dribbling? Who is the Father of Hockey?
This article is dedicated to the Legend, the Wizard of Hockey; Mr. Dhyan Chand Singh. Let us take a minute to appreciate this talented player who brought many laurels and triumphs to the country.
– Born on 29th August 1905, Dhyan Chand Singh is famously remembered for winning Three Olympic Gold Medals for India between 1928 and 1936.
– Dhyan Chand had a habit of practicing Hockey in the moonlight, as flood lights were not available during those days. Hence earned the nickname “Chand”.
– One of the famous hockey matches of Dhyan Chand was during the 1936 Olympic match against Germany. Germany was leading 1-0 at half time and by the end of the match India had outscored Germany by 8-1, out of which six goals were scored by Dhyan Chand. So humiliated was Hitler by the shameful loss of Germans, that he walked out of the ground in fury. If rumors are to be believed Dhyan Chand was offered the post of Colonel by Hitler in the German army, but being a true patriot he declined the offer.
– 29th August is celebrated as National Sports Day in India where the President of India gives sports related awards like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Dronacharya Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan on this day.
– Dhyan Chand Award is India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports. Sportspeople are honored with this award for their brilliant contribution pre and post retirement.
– Dhyan Chand’s autobiography, “Goal” was published in 1952. The opening words of his autobiography reveal his humble nature, “You are doubtless aware that I am a common man, and then a soldier”
– Sadly, the hockey maestro passed away penniless on 3rd December 1979 by liver cancer.