Who doesn't know hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand Singh? Major Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905, in Allahabad. Major Dhyan Chand Singh was a former player and captain of Indian field hockey, he is considered to be one of the best players in the field of India and world hockey. Let me tell you that he has been a member of the Indian hockey team that won the Olympic gold medal three times. These include the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and the 1936 Berlin Olympics. His birth date is celebrated as "National Sports Day" in India.
National Sports Day: National Sports Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand. On this day, the best performing Indian sportspersons are awarded by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Puraskar, Arjuna Award, and Dronacharya Award. Many sports tournaments are also organized across the country on this day.
Major Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905, in Allahabad. He achieved everything with his hard work, practice, dedication, struggle, and resolve. After education, at the age of 16, in 1922 AD. He joined the first Brahmin Regiment in Delhi as an ordinary soldier in the army. Major Tiwari, a Subedar of the Regiment, is credited with motivating Dhyan Chand to take up hockey. Under his supervision, Dhyan Chand started playing hockey, and soon after that, he became a great player of the world. In 1937, when he was the captain of the Indian hockey team, he was made a Subedar. When the Second World War started, he was appointed 'Lieutenant' in 1943 AD and was made Captain in 1948 AD when India became independent. He got promoted only because of the game of hockey. In 1938, he got the 'Viceroy's Commission' and became a Subedar. Later he was made Major.
Amsterdam (1928): In 1928, the Indian team participated for the first time in the Amsterdam Olympic Games. Before playing in Amsterdam, the Indian team played 11 matches in England and Dhyanchand got special success there. The Indian team won all the first matches in Amsterdam. 6-0 to Austria on 17 May 1928, 9-0 to Belgium on 18 May, 5-0 to Denmark on 20 May, 6-0 to Switzerland on 22 May, and 3-0 to Holland in the final match on 26 May. They were declared the champion of hockey around the world and were presented with a medal on 29 May. Dhyanchand scored two goals in the final.
Los Angeles (1932): Dhyan Chand was also included in the team in the Olympic competitions held in Los Angeles in 1932. At that time, he had achieved a lot of success and fame as a center forward. Then in the army, he became a Nayak after 'Lens-Nayak'. India played a lot of matches during this tour. In this journey, Dhyan Chand scored 101 goals out of 262 himself. In the decider, India defeated USA 24-1. Then an American newspaper wrote that the Indian hockey team was a storm from the east. They crushed eleven players of the U.S. team with their momentum.