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National Sports Day of India

Sports are an important part of life and culture. National Sports Day of India is celebrated every year on 29 August in honour of late Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand.

Sports help in overall well being of a person. Not only is sports good for physical health, it is also a great stress reliever. Participating in sports leaves a person feeling energetic and fresh. Sports contribute to good health and there are many other benefits of sports. It is great that our country has chosen a day dedicated to sports. Dhyan Chand was an exceptionally talented Indian hockey player who impressed a lot of people and even achieved fame internationally. This is a special day to remember him.

Life of Dhyan Chand

Hockey has always been one of the popular games in our country. Dhyan Chand was an Indian hockey player who won a lot of laurels and medals for our country. The Dhyan Chand Award is named after him. He was considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. He was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and passed away in a hospital in Delhi. The Dhyan Chand National Stadium has been built in his memory at New Delhi. This legendary hockey player made India proud on not one but many occasions. He has won three Olympic gold medals. He is one of the greatest sportspersons our country has produced. His excellent playing techniques and tactics earned him a lot of praise. He was given the nickname ‘Chand’ by some players because he used to practice often at night after the moon was out. Even in his last days, he talked about hockey. 29th August is the birth anniversary of this legendary player and our country has honoured him by marking it as National Sports Day. It is a tribute to the hockey genius.

How is National Sports Day Commemorated?

On this day, achievers in Indian sports are felicitated. Deserving and successful sportspersons are conferred with the Arjuna Awards and Khel Ratna Awards at a special ceremony organised in Ashok Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan. They receive the award from the President of India. Sportspersons from various fields are honoured at this award ceremony. Those who have contributed to Indian sports and achieved fame for the country deserve to be honoured. We need to recognise and reward sportspersons for having contributed to their respective fields. Many schools across the country celebrate their Annual Sports Day on 29 August. This day helps all aspiring Indian sportspersons to know about the various advancements in sports and what all our country has achieved in sports. Celebrating National Sports Day provides a chance to encourage all kinds of sportspersons.

Benefits of Playing Sports

Apart from keeping you fit and healthy, sports have many other benefits also. A sport like table tennis improves your concentration and reflexes. Sports improve stamina and strengthen the body. Children who play sports develop sportsmanship spirit. They learn how to work together and cooperate in a team. When it comes to sports, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Playing sports increases a child’s ability to deal with failure. These kids are able to cope better with failure. Sports also help in weight loss. Sports provide a chance for children to showcase their leadership skills. It helps them to develop discipline. Being a part of the school sports team enables your child to make more friends and become a known face in school. There are many sports competitions and events which are held in school and outside school. Playing sports provides an opportunity for children to display their talent and achieve success.

National Sports Day is an occasion to try and spread awareness about the importance of sports. By conferring awards on this day, the government tries to encourage sports and reward the achievers. Try to make sports a part of your child’s daily routine. Playing sports is a very good hobby and it will keep your child occupied. Children nowadays go through a lot of stress in school because of exams, homework, etc. Playing sports relaxes the mind and provides good relief from stress.

What is the significance of National Sports Day of India? How is National Sports Day of India celebrated? How to teach the importance of sports to kids? Discuss here.

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Sibal Nath
Sibal Nath.7 years ago
National sports day on birth anniversary of dhyan chand is best way of honouring him. Sports should be given more emphasis in schools as they help in overall development of kids.
Subhas.7 years ago
I am a hockey player and a fan of Dhyan chand. i have seen many recordings of his matches. he truly was a genius.
Samir Lenka
Samir Lenka.7 years ago
Dhyan chand was the pride of India but sadly he is almost forgotten. this write up is a great way to remember the forgotten hero.
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