Known as the ‘magician of hockey’, Major Dhyan Chand is considered to be the father of the golden age of hockey in India. Dhyanchand played an important role in getting India three Olympic gold medals. Today is his 116th birth anniversary and this day is celebrated as Sports Day in India.
Major Dhyan Chand Jayanti.
The city has a different identity across the country with hockey and tableau. The enthusiasm and passion for hockey continues even today. This is the reason that in the 1970s, when sports enthusiasts of the city invited hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.
The day of 29 August has a different significance in Indian history. On this day in the year 1905, Major Dhyanchand, one of the world’s greatest hockey players, was born in Allahabad (now Prayagraj). In India, this day is also celebrated as National Sports Day. Dhyan Chand, popularly known as ‘the magician of hockey’, is considered the father of the golden age of hockey in India.
Dhyan Chand Birth Anniversary.
It is a matter of joy that ‘National Sports Day’ is celebrated on the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand and now the country’s highest Khel Ratna award will also be given in his name.
Dhyanchand played an important role in getting India three Olympic gold medals. However, India was not an independent nation then. India won gold medals in the Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1936, and Dhyan Chand showed his flair on all three occasions. He commanded the Indian hockey team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. His elder brother Roop Singh was also one of the great hockey players of hockey.
National Sports Day 2021 India.
The nation is celebrating the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand as ‘Sports Day’. This day encourages us to accelerate the development of sports in the country. On one hand we have become the sixth largest economic power in the world, but we are not very good in sports. However from time to time we have the magician of hockey, the god of cricket, the world champion of badminton, the Wimbledon winner of doubles tennis, the world champion of snooker and billiard. Actually, our attitude towards sports is the cause of trouble. Today sports are most needed for proper planning, policy, dedication and sincere efforts. Even now at the school level we have to develop good players.
Dhyan Chand’s father Sameshwar Singh was a good hockey player. He was in the British Indian Army. Dhyan Chand had no attachment to this game in his childhood. The special thing is that he liked to bet in wrestling. When he joined the army, he started playing hockey, just since then he was so attached to hockey that his name was recorded in golden letters in history.
Dhyan Chand had scored 10 goals alone in New Zealand in the year 1926. In New Zealand then India won 18 out of 21 matches.
Instrumental In Winning Olympic Hockey.
It is a matter of joy that ‘National Sports Day’ is celebrated on the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand and now the country’s highest Khel Ratna award will also be given in his name. Above all, if the Government of India, supporting the demand of hockey and sports lovers for many years, also announces the award of India’s highest honor ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Major Dhyanchand, then it will also be an important decision for the sports lovers of the country. Because both Major Dhyan Chand and his younger brother, Captain Roop Singh, have been instrumental in winning Olympic hockey.
The Father Of The Golden Age Of Hockey In India.
There are many stories related to Dhyan Chand, but the story related to dictator Hitler is quite different. In the year 1936, German Chancellor Hitler had proposed Dhyanchand to become a German citizen and a colonel in his country’s army. However, Dhyan Chand politely turned down the offer. He told Hitler, “I have eaten the salt of India, I will play for India only.” Apart from this, there is another anecdote that some people thought that there was a magnet in their hockey stick. For this, his hockey stick was seen breaking.
Dhyan Chand played international matches between 1926 and 1949 and scored 570 goals in 185 matches. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956. This great hockey player died on 3 December 1979 in Delhi.
A Glimpse Of Patriotism Was Visible In The Thoughts Of Major Dhyanchand.
In fact, a glimpse of patriotism was visible in the thoughts of Major Dhyanchand from the very beginning. This is the reason why he was called the magician of hockey. During his time, India won many Olympic gold medals and scored the most goals. While honoring such a great player, it is a matter of pride for all of us to have the highest Khel Ratna award by the Government of India in the name of Major Dhyan Chand.
In the same sequence, the Government of India and the State Governments should consider renaming all sports grounds within India after the winners of Olympic, World and Asian Games in place of any politician and make provision in the Constitution, so that the sportspersons Get proper respect.
Day:Dhyan Chand had given the name of nursery to Rajnandgaon after seeing his passion for hockey.
The city has a different identity across the country with hockey and tableau. The enthusiasm and passion for hockey continues even today. This is the reason that in the 1970s, when sports enthusiasts of the city invited hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand as a guest for the All India Hockey Tournament, he accepted the invitation and moved to Rajnandgaon. Saw the talent of hockey players of the city as a guest here.
Seeing the enthusiasm about hockey everywhere in the city, he gave it the name of nursery. Major also explained the nuances of hockey game to the players of that era and said that world class players can also emerge from Nandgaon. Shared the memories related to Major Dhyanchand, the NIS hockey coach. Kamlesh Swarnakar, son of Bhushan Lal Swarnakar. Former hockey player Chandrika Srivastava told that Dhyan Chand had reached Nandgaon with Rourkela’s team.
The nuances were taught, it was said – world class players will emerge from here,
this picture is from around 1970, when hockey magician Major Dhyan Chand came to Rajnandgaon in the All India Hockey Competition. Memorable picture of that time. From left are Olympic player Airman Bastian, Major Dhyan Chand and NIS hockey coach Bhushan Lal Swarnkar. And the former player of the city.
Kamlesh has said that the picture of the other players in the city, including the father of Major Dhyan Chand home hung up. When he was a father, he often used to ask curious questions about this picture, when did the Major come here? The father had told that Major Abha had attended the hockey tournament as a guest and he appreciated the sportsmanship of the players here.
In each neighborhood, the team had
how to hold the stick while giving prizes to the players and with what speed it was played in the field. It was taught. It was told that by going to some localities of the city, Major had seen the enthusiasm of the people of the city towards the game. At that time there was a hockey team in every locality. Swarnakar told that Major had praised Sanskardhani for hockey.
The spirit continues even today.
Here in the culture, the passion for hockey continues in the new generation as well. Every morning and evening, more than 100 boys and girls come to the Astroturf built in the International Hockey Stadium to take hockey training with sticks in their hands. Coach Anuraj Srivastava said that after the better performance of the Indian women’s hockey team in the Tokyo Olympics, the excitement about hockey has increased further.