New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: National Sports Day, also known as 'Rashtriya Khel Diwas', is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, August 29. His contributions to hockey are not just applauded in India, but across the world. On this day, the President presents the Dhronacharya award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (now Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award) and Arjuna Award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan to honour athletes and their coaches for their inpeccable performances.

When was the first National Sports Day celebrated in India?

The National Sports Day was celebrated for the first time in 2012.

How does India celebrate National Sports Day?

Honouring Major Dhyan Chand, different activities take place in India to celebrate National Sports Day.

1. Various sports events take place

Before the pandemic, schools and colleges used to organise sports day events wherein different activities used to take place - from relay race to lemon spoon race to a marathon. These activities were widely enjoyed by kids and teachers.

2. Creating awareness and asking people to take part in sports

On National sports day, speeches and seminars are organised to make people aware of the importance of physical activities in daily life. Several seminars also take place to motivate youths to take part in different sports.

3. Sports quiz

Sports quizzes often take place for students and corporate employees asking multiple questions related to this field. This activity is not only fun but also increases the knowledge of people in the field of sports.

Popularly known as 'Wizard of Hockey', Major Dhyan Chand Singh is considered the greatest hockey player in India. He was born on 29 August 1905 and had won various awards throughout his life, including India’s third highest civilian honour -- the Padma Bhushan award. The legendary player died on December 3, 1979, due to liver cancer.

Posted By: Mallika Mehzabeen