National Sports Day: India is still said to be a developing nation but we Indians have made many achievements when it comes to the Sports Arena. Whether it be the most popular sport ‘Cricket’ or be the national sport of India ‘Hockey’, India made may remarkable achievements.
Each year, India celebrates its Sports Day to honour the legendary player in the world of Hockey who is none other than Major Dhyan Chand Singh. This Day is celebrated each year on birthday anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, 29th August. National Sports Day spreads awareness among the community about the widespread heritage of Indian sports arena and encourages people to amplify their participation in Sports.
History of national Sports Day:
India dedicates its National Sports Day to the famous Hockey Player Dhyan Chand Singh. At a very early age, he joined the army. Pankaj Gupta, his coach, helped him to grasp the skills of hockey. He was able to learn and master the techniques of hockey very quickly and this led him to be the captain. Soon he was at the position of the Captain of the Indian Hockey Team. He made many remarkable accomplishments in his sports career that made India proud to have him in the field of Hockey. Till date, he is the only one who won Padma Bhushan Award. He has won three Olympic Medals that contributes to his golden career as well as Indian sports. Most unusual tribute for him would be the ‘ Major Dhyan Chand Award’. Due to his incredible accomplishments, he was titled as “Chand”.
Popular Sports of India:
India is a country that have triumphed many indigenous, traditional as well as modern sports. Below is a list of most popular sport games loved and played in India.
- Roll Ball: Roll Ball is a combination sport that compiles Basket ball, roller sports as well as handball. Players have an objective of scoring by aiming the ball’s goal at opponent’s goal post by being on roller skates.
- Gilli Danda: This game resembles Cricket very well, played by a long wooden thick stick (danda) and an oval-shaped wooden piece(gilli).
- Throwball: Originated in India, throw all is similar to volleyball and newcomer ball. Players aim at catching the ball without making it to bounce and then throwing it back to the opponent’s side.
- Pehlwani: Originated in India, it is similar to wrestling. Players win by hitting the opponent’s hip and shoulder to the ground.
- Yubi Lapki: Originated in India itself, players perform this sport only by wearing a pair of shorts and no shirt,. This game is performed with a coconut.
- Kabaddi: An ancient rural Indian sport, that is spreading worldwide. Players go to the opponent’s half and tag as many possible players before the come back to their half.
- Kho-Kho: A popular sport in which players who tag all the opponent players in very short time wins the game.
The Fit India Movement:
A very valuable step our Prime Minister took was to Introduce “ THE FIT INDIA MOVEMENT” on August 29th, 2019 in New Delhi. He believes that sports is the introductory form of staying always fit and healthy. Through this, he convinces everyone to participate in sports and step into a healthy life. Fit India Campaign promotes physically active life that is connected to sports and would boost up the health of the population.
All the universities, schools and other educational institutes were informed to launch Fit India Movement through a letter issued by UGC. A distinct committee was formed for Fit India Movement including Government Ministers, members If IOA (Indian Olympic Association), and several renowned fitness coaches.
Important Achievements of Indian Sports History:
Some valuable and memorable achievements Indian Sports made are listed below:
- Olympics Bronze Medal, Helsinki 1952: In 1948 and 1952, India was represented in Olympics by Shri Khashaba Jadhav. He created record and in Helsinki Olympic Game in the year 1952.
- World Cup Hockey, Malaysia 1975: 1975 was a remarkable year for the country as India won the hockey world cup for the first time in 1975.
- IX Asian Games, New Delhi 1982: From November 19 to December 4,1982 , IX Asian games held in New Delhi and India won 13 gold, 19 silver, and 25 bronze in an overall total of 57 medals in total.
Significance of National Sports Day
The National Sports day not only spreads awareness related to sports but also highlights the legends of the sports realm and the achievements they made to brighten up the Indian Sports History. Prime Minister proclaimed National Sports Award to honour the sports persons who made golden accomplishments and enhanced India’s proud all over the globe. The government of India knows the importance of Sports and came up with another scheme related to sports named as “Khelo India”. This was Introduced in 2018 by Prime Minister of India.
Indian sports awards
On the special occasion of Major Dhyan Chand Singh’s birthday, a special event is organized in Rashtriya Bhawan as The Special Award Ceremony to honour the heroes of our Indian Sports. The Sportspersons who bring laurels to the country and make every Indian proud are awarded by Mr. Modi for their achievements. Many prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and Dhronacharya Award are handed over to the gens of our Indian sports world. This is another step took by our government to honour our heroes.