National Sports Day 2022: History, Significance, Activities, Why it is celebrated and Tribute to Major Dhyan Chand

Publish Date: 29 Aug, 2022
National Sports Day 2022: History, Significance, Activities, Why it is celebrated and Tribute to Major Dhyan Chand
National Sports Day 2022 | National Sports Day Theme 2022: This year the ‘Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports’ (MYAS) and ‘Fit India Mission’ aim to take FIT India movement to Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations by encouraging them to participate in a grand manner on the occasion of National Sports Day on 29th August. On this day, Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations should encourage their students/employees/staff to take part in sports/fitness activities for at least 1 hour.

National Sports Day 2022: How to Participate in National Sports Day 2022 | Celebration

Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Private Organisations to register on Fit India website (Click on this link - on and provide all necessary details
Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations to submit their data and upload photos / video links from the events conducted by them to download e-certificate

National Sports Day 2022: History of National Sports Day 

Sports are important for the physical and mental well being of humans. Individuals who play sports remain healthy. India has produced many sporting legends like PT Usha, also known as Udanpari, Sachin Tendulkar, also known as Master Blaster, and Major Dhyan Chand, also known as 'Hockey Wizard'. 

National Sports Day 2022:  Major Dhyan Chand Birthday

Widely known as 'Wizard of Hockey', the greatest hockey player of India, Major Dhyan Chand Singh, was born on 29 August 1905 in present-day Praygraj, UP. After getting a basic education, Dhyan Chand joined the Indian army as a soldier in 1922.
Major Dhyan Chand was a true sportsperson and was motivated by Subedar Major Tiwari, who was himself a sports lover,  to play Hockey. Dhyan Chand started playing hockey under his supervision.
Due to his outstanding performance in Hockey, Dhyan Chand was appointed as 'Lance Naik' in 1927 and was promoted to Nayak in 1932, and Subedar in 1936. The same year he Captained the Indian hockey team. He went on to become Lieutenant, Captain and was eventually promoted to Major.

National Sports Day First Celebrated In India

Major Dhyan Chand had scored more than 400 international goals in his career from 1926 to 1948 while scoring nearly 1,000 goals In his entire career. 
In a bid to pay tribute to such a legendary player, the Government of India decided to celebrate his birthday as the National Sports Day in 2012.
Before this recognition, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India in 1956, the third-largest civilian honour in India. 

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