Bhubaneswar-(Avilash Panigrahi): The National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August marks the birth anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Hockey’ a.k.a the greatest Hockey player in history, Dhyan Chand Singh, who won several gold medals for India in 1928, 1934, and 1936 Olympics. He also scored over 400 goals in a career spanning 22 years.
Major Dhyan Chand was to hockey what Pele was to football. No player caught the imagination of the world with a stick in his hand the way this hockey wizard from Jhansi did during the 22-year long international career that saw him win three Olympic gold medals.
Every year on this day, Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards are conferred by the President of India to celebrate the achievements of exceptional athletes in the country.
Twitter, of course, commemorated the day in its own way, with scores of politicians and sports-persons marking the occasion of Dhyan Chand Singh’s birth anniversary.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Cabinet Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Former Indian captain Olympian Padmashree Dilip Tirkey & many others paid tributes to Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary today.
Tributes to hockey wizard #MajorDhyanChand on #NationalSportsDay which commemorates the legend’s everlasting legacy. Hockey is not just a sports, it is a way of life in #Odisha . We are determined to take sports to its highest level.#OdishaForSports#OdishaForIndia pic.twitter.com/6W9ui6oOXj
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 29, 2019
My humble tributes to an all time great, the Wizard of Hockey, Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary which is also celebrated as #NationalSportsDay. Also, salute all the sports-persons who have made our country proud. pic.twitter.com/b4deqD1316
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 29, 2019
हॉकी के जादूगर कहलाने वाले, मेजर ध्यानचंद जी की जयंती पर शत्-शत् नमन। इस अवसर पर मनाए जाने वाले खेल दिवस की भी आप सभी को हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं। #NationalSportsDay #MajorDhyanChand pic.twitter.com/EDFTY10coN
— Dilip Kumar Tirkey (@DilipTirkey) August 29, 2019
A unique tribute for Dhyan Chand came from the renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, who posted a picture of one of his sand arts featuring Dhyan Chand’s face urging prime minister Narendra Modi to confer Bharat Ratna to the legendary player.
Tributes to the Hockey Legend , #MajorDhyanChand Ji on his birth anniversary observed as #NationalSportsDay . My humble appeal to Hon’ble @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji for giving #BharatRatnaForDhyanChand. pic.twitter.com/nh6vzfmvv2
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 29, 2019
Department of Sports & Youth Service, Government of Odisha shared a video featuring sports events that the state hosted in the last one year.
On #NationalSportsDay, here is a throwback to the exciting sports events that the state hosted in the last one year.#ThrowbackThursday #Odisha2019 #MajorDhyanChand #OdishaForSports pic.twitter.com/5U9mnJzleh
— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) August 29, 2019