August 29 is National Sports Day; Dhyanchand in memories

Tomorrow, August 29, is National Sports Day. Every year, the country celebrates National Sports Day on August 29, his birthday, in honor of Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard who made India famous by the magic hidden in a hockey stick.

He is a three – time Olympic hockey gold medalist for India. Dhyan Chand’s time is considered to be the golden age of Indian hockey. After independence, he was given the rank of Major by the Government of India and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956.

Rising moon

Subedar Major Bale Tiwari first noticed the dribbling skills of the 16-year-old boy in 1922 during a hockey game in the Indian Army. The boy later became one of the best hockey players the world has ever seen. Dhyan Chand was born in 1905 in Prayag Raj (then Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh, the son of Subedar Sameshwar Dutt Singh and Sharda Devi.

By the way

There is a story behind the name Dhyan Singh being known as Dhyan Chand. Chand means moon in Hindi. Dhyan Chand was the name given by the first coach Pankaj Singh to the boy who practiced hockey constantly in the moonlight late at night.

To the army

He started his career in 1922 as a soldier in the 1st Battalion of the then Brahmin Regiment. However, he was later part of the Punjab Regiment when the regiment was disbanded. Retired as Major.

The Great Escape from China

When he was recalled from his regiment serving in China in 1942 to Ferozepur on the Indo-Pak border, it was a momentous moment in Dhyan Chand’s life. This is because the entire army was taken prisoner by the Japanese army within a few months. Dhyan Chand, who was in India, escaped.

Hockey trips

The Indian team first toured overseas in 1926 in New Zealand. He was also a member of that team.

He won gold in his first Olympics in 1928 in Amsterdam. Repeated gold at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

Dhyan Chand scored more than 400 international goals, including eight in that match, which thrashed the United States 24-1 on home soil.

He captained the Indian team at the 1934 Western Asiatic Games in Delhi.

He led the team to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning a hat-trick of gold.

Despite almost retiring from international hockey in 1947-48, the Indian hockey team that toured East Africa was included because their only demand was to have a Dhyan Chand team.

1956 Received the Padma Bhushan.

The Delhi National Stadium Complex, where the first National Games were held in 1951, has been the Major Dhyanchand Sports Stadium since 2002.

Died in 1979.

Dhyan Chand was buried on the grounds of Jhansi Heroes Club.

When we first met in Adelaide in 1935, cricket legend Don Bradman told Dhyan Chand that you score goals just like you score runs in cricket.