Sports Personalities Pay Tribute To Major Dhyan Chand On National Sports Day
Apart from paying tributes to the hockey great Major Dhyan Chand, several athletes lent support to the 'Fit India Movement'.
Sports personalities from different fields including cricket, hockey and track and field took to Twitter to pay tributes to the 'Hockey Wizard' Major Dhyan Chand, whose birthday is celebrated as the National Sports Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Fit India Movement' at a colourful cultural ceremony in New Delhi. Every year the President gives away the national sports awards, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award and Dhyanchand Award to athletes and coaches who did the country proud in various sports. Various politicians also paid tribute to the legend who led India to three Olympic medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 and scored more than 400 goals in a career spanning over 22 years.
Here is how Twitter paid tribute to the legend:
Tributes to 'The Wizard' of hockey, the great #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 29, 2019
Also salute to all the sportspersons who have made India proud with their hardwork and determination.#NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/BYA1abb3iR
Sports is one of the best teachers, teaching you many life lessons. Wishing everyone a happy #NationalSportsDay. Let us all work towards taking sports in India to the absolute top in the world! #FitIndia pic.twitter.com/gv7kbC5ELi— Virdhawal Khade OLY (@virdhawalkhade) August 29, 2019
It's #NationalSportsDay today,lets pay our tribute to the hockey wizard #MajorDhyanChand by taking out time for some physical activity today. Go out and run or play or just take a brisk walk, whatever it is just do it today.— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 29, 2019
Lets build a happy, healthy and strong nation. pic.twitter.com/9k8OvEfTLR
The passion for sports and love for is what has driven me to where I am today. On the occasion of #NationalSportsDay, I urge you all to take up sport and make it a part of your lifestyle. @TheHockeyIndia @FIH_Hockey pic.twitter.com/AK1QTAHBU2— Rupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) August 29, 2019
Apart from paying tributes to the hockey great, several athletes lent support to the 'Fit India Movement' which is aimed at encouraging people to include physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.
Speaking at launch event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Fitness is zero per cent investment with infinite returns."
Khel Ratna awardee Bajrang Punia and Deepa Malik also paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand and also lent support to 'Fit India Movement'.
Expressing my gratitude to each and every person who has supported my journey in sports & has inspired me towards fitness on this special day of #NationalSportsDay in pursuit of being a fit person I could become an achiever and give back to my country #FitIndiaMovement pic.twitter.com/86baknbEPr— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) August 29, 2019
During the 1936 Berlin Olympic final, Dhyan Chand top-scored with three goals and the Indians won easily, defeating Germany 8-1. That match represented the pinnacle of India's hockey success; guided and inspired by Dhyan Chand, they made for a virtually invincible team.
Dhyan Chand contributed to the game even after his retirement. He was the chief coach at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala for a while and he also taught at many coaching camps in Rajasthan.