-Also congratulates all Awardees on National Sports Day
New Delhi, 28th August 2014: On the eve of the 109th birthday anniversary of ‘The Wizard’, the late. Major Dhyan Chand, Hockey India wishes him and his family on the occasion and thanks him for all his contribution to the sport and the way he lifted the game during the era that he played. His birthday even marks as the National Sports Day of India and is celebrated throughout the country.
Speaking on the occasion Ms. Mariamma Koshy, President Hockey India said, “The late. Major Dhyan Chand was a player who makes us proud for his play and the way he tackled the opponents on the field. It is once in a lifetime that you see a Legend like him born, and Hockey India takes pride that this Legend belonged to the game of Hockey.”
Ms. Koshy further added, “What great honour can a sports icon get, when you see that the National Sports Day being celebrated in his name and on this day India witness’s sportspersons getting bestowed with the Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement Award, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award. Hockey India and everyone associated with the game of Hockey would like to congratulate all sportspersons who have won the prestigious awards this year.”
Born on 29th August, 1905, Major Dhayn Chand is regarded as the greatest player of Hockey that the world has seen till date. Remembered for his amazing goal scoring feats, he is known as ‘The Wizard’ because of the way he controlled the ball leaving the opponents amazed and confused on how to control the Legend. Major Dhayn Chand earned 3 Olympic Gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 and because of him India ruled the game of hockey during that period.