PM Modi Pays Tribute To Major Dhyan Chand On National Sports Day
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 29, Aug 2020, 10:56 am IST | UPDATED: 29, Aug 2020, 10:56 am IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to Indian sporting icon and hockey wizard Late Major Dhyan Chand on the occasion of National Sports Day, which is being celebrated today like every other year on August 29.On August 29, India celebrates National Sports Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, who was an integral part of 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics Gold medal-winning squad.Taking to twitter, PM Modi recalled the stellar feats of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and tweeted that his magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten.The PM added that the day should also honour and laud the relentless support rendered by families, coaches and support staff towards the success of an athlete.
5 outstanding sportspersons who achieved stellar success in their chosen sporting discipline and brought laurels to the nation have been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and 27 for the Arjuna Award.
The Sports Ministry approved the names of cricketer Rohit Sharma, para-athlete Mariappan Thangavelu, table tennis paddler Manika Batra, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and hockey player Rani Rampal for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, President of the Indian Olympic Association Narendra Dhruv Batra and several other dignitaries will attend the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
The awardees will attend the ceremony from various places across the country--Bengaluru, Pune, Sonepat, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Itanagar. The Ceremony will be launched at 11 am.
Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years preceding the award; Arjuna Award is given for consistent outstanding performance for four years.
Dronacharya Award goes to the coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events; Dhyan Chand Award is for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.