Hello Readers! Welcome to Humor Nation. You must have learned this name in your primary school classes while mugging up various facts/dates about all the sports champions from the world, but you surely didn’t have a clue back then as to who they really are and what do they actually represent. So, to solve this major flaw in your general knowledge, today on his 115th birthday, I’ll be guiding you to some of Major Dhyan Chand interesting facts and stories which will now make sense(probably).
Here are some of the interesting facts about Major Dhyan Chand – The Wizard of Hockey:
1. His birthday i.e. 29th August is celebrated as the “National Sports day” every year:
With more than 400 goals in national and international hockey matches and multiple Olympics gold medals (year – 1928, 1932, 1936) in bag, he is surely a person to be inspired from and so the day of 29th August every year is celebrated as the National Sports day in India, so that in a way, the youth remembers him and gets inspiration and should make at least a single sports in your hobbies-list.
2. Dhyan Chand Award is India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in any sport:
Starting from the year 2002 Dhyan Chand award is considered as the highest award you can get for a sports achievement in India which itself is a great thing. Other than that, the National Stadium in Delhi was renamed to “Dhyan Chand National Stadium” in his honour. Not only this, but a hostel of the Aligarh Muslim University was also renamed to his name. You will also be amazed to know that he is the only Hockey player to have been honoured by commemorative postage stamp and a First Day Cover, all by the Government of India.
3. Dhyan Chand was awarded as the title of “Major “at his retirement:
Dhyan Chand is one of the only few sportsmen with a title of Major with his name. He has worked in the 1st Brahmans 14 Punjab Regiment unit as a Major and has also played for various British-India matches(1926–1949 British India 185(570) Medal record).