Aug. 30, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Major Dhyan Chand and greeted all sports enthusiasts on National Sports Day.


  • National Sports Day (also known as Rashtriya Khel Divas) is celebrated on 29th August every year to mark the birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand.

  • Dhyan Chand was born in 1905 and was known for his magical hockey skills. He was part of the Indian hockey team which struck gold in the Olympics of 1928, 1932, and, 1936.

  • National Sports Awards which include the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the Arjuna award, the Dronacharya award, and the Dhyan Chand award, are conferred on athletes every year by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the National Sports Day. However, this year, the names would be announced by President Ram Nath Kovind virtually.