29 August: National Sports Day
National Sports Day was observed across India on 29 August 2016. The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905.
On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports and adventure awards on sports person at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
Winners of 2016 National Sports Awards are
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: The award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
It was conferred on four sports person and they are PV Sindhu (Badminton), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics), Jitu Rai (Shooting) and Sakshi Malik (Wrestling).
Dronacharya Awards: The award is conferred on coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
It was conferred on six sports coaches and they are Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S Pradeep Kumar (Swimming (Lifetime)) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling (Lifetime)).
Arjuna Awards: The award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
It was conferred on 15 sports from different discipline of sports and they are Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics), Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey), Raghunath VR (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis), Vinesh (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics) and Virender Singh (Wrestling (Deaf)).
Dhyan Chand Award 2015: The award is conferred for life time contribution to sports development.
It was conferred on three sports person and they are Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and Rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar: The award 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. The award was conferred on seven organisations they were
• Reserve Bank of India for employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures
• India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited for encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility
• Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society for sports development
• Hockey Citizen Group, Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club, Usha School of Athletics and STAIRS were awarded for identification and nurturing of budding and young talent.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy: The trophy is given to the overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments. It was conferred on Punjabi University, Patiala.
Major Dhyan Chand – The Hockey Wizard
Major Dhyan Chand was India’s greatest hockey player. He has scored over 1000 goals between 1926 and 1948. He helped India win 3 Olympic Gold medals including the first in 1928 (Amsterdum Olympic games) and then in 1932 (Los Angeles Olympic games) and 1936 (Berlin Olympic games).
He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player’s caliber is measured. It is surprising to know that Dhyan Chand, who came to be known as Hockey Magician, started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.
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Who: National Sports Day
When: 29 August 2016
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