29th August National Sports Day 2021: History, Significance and a Tribute to Major Dhyan Chand

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Indian National Sports Day 2021

National Sports Day will be celebrated across India on Sunday, 29 August 2021.

Different countries celebrate their National Sports Day on different dates according to their history and dates which have been declared by their sports committee. National Sports Day (also known as National Sports Day) in India is celebrated every year on 29 August with great enthusiasm and fervor.

People of all age groups participate in sports like Marathon, Kabaddi, Basketball, Hockey, etc. The day not only acts as entertainment for the people but also spreads awareness about the role of sports in a person’s life.

Sport is physical activity, which is performed in a particular manner and style, and everyone has a corresponding name. The Indian government has made it mandatory to play sports in schools and colleges for the welfare and good health of students and children as well as to improve mental skills.

29th August National Sports Day 2021

It is very necessary and important for children to participate in any sport. Pupils and children should be encouraged and motivated by parents at home and teachers at school.

It is very necessary for the growing children so that, they develop good habits and discipline, which are regular till they reach adulthood and are passed on to the next generation.

Sports play an important role in improving and maintaining health and well-being, improving mental skills and concentration levels as well as social and communication skills.

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Playing sports regularly protects a person from many diseases and many problems of body parts, especially overweight, obesity and heart diseases. Children should never be discouraged to play sports but should be encouraged.

What is the history of National Sports Day?

The history of National Sports Day of India dates back to 29 August 1905 when a boy named Dhyan Chand was born in a family in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

He is considered one of the greatest hockey players in the history of the game. He earned three Olympic gold medals in hockey in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

He was called the “Wizard” for his mastery of the art of ball control. He played his last international matches in 1948. He scored more than 400 goals during his international career.

The Government of India honored Dhyan Chand with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest honor, in 1956. Therefore his birthday 29 August is celebrated as National Sports Day in India.

Why is National Sports Day celebrated?

The importance of National Sports Day is limitless. It is not only about celebrating this day but about celebrating the spirit of sports and games across the country.

The celebration is meant to highlight the importance of this day and draw public attention to the sport. Such days give recognition to youth, provide employment and create awareness about the performance of Indian sportspersons in various competitions.

The sports fans of the country appreciate the work of all the various sportspersons and this day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the memory of all those greatest players.

The main objective of National Sports Day is to create awareness about the importance of sports and to focus people’s attention to understand its benefits to the human body.

How is National Sports Day celebrated?

National Sports Day is celebrated especially in academic institutions and sports academies all over the world. It is common in India to celebrate National Sports Day with more players coming from two states, Punjab and Haryana.

29th August National Sports Day 2021
29th August National Sports Day 2021

National Sports Day is celebrated by organizing various types of sports and events. These include football, cricket, lawn tennis, volleyball, marathon, basketball, etc.

Different countries have organized their traditional games according to their historical background. Most of the schools arrange annual sports events on this day every year.

The students participating in the game showcase their abilities through different levels and winners generate a sense of competition. Winners are judged to inspire the younger generation.

How National Sports Day is celebrated in different countries is explained below:-

National Sports Day in India

National Sports Day in India is celebrated every year on 29 August. A special prize distribution ceremony of Indian players is organized in the National Building.

Famous sports-related awards like Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Dronacharya Award are given by the President of India to sportspersons who have performed best during a year.

The Dhyan Chand Award is the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports in India. The award is given on an annual basis to sportspersons who have not only contributed through their performances but also worked hard for the upliftment of the sport even after their retirement. Many sports events are organized all over the country.

Mainly all the schools across the country celebrate their annual sports day on this day. This is done with the aim of igniting the spirit of reverence and awe of the game in the minds of young children and thereby providing them education about not only one of the most important sports of India but all the players from different countries.

Apart from the remembrance of the great hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, on National Sports Day, youth are expected to one day not only exalt themselves but also to raise the name of their country.

National Sports Day supports a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the agenda of the Sports Committee so that as many people as possible can have access to sports.

National Sports Day in Iran

Iran’s National Sports Day is observed on 17 October as the Day of Physical Education and Sports. In Iran, it is not a one-day affair, but it is celebrated as a weekly event from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

Its main objective is to demonstrate the importance of exercise, physical activities in a person’s personal and social life. It also emphasizes a healthy lifestyle among the people.

An approach extended to government institutions to sponsor facilities for better infrastructure through the media. These events on National Sports Day provide enough funds to meet the basic needs of the players.

Multinational companies also participate in activities to provide funding for scholarships to talented youth.

National Sports Day in Japan

Japan’s National Health and Sports Day is celebrated annually on 22 October. The celebration of Sports Day began in Japan in 1966 during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics, which were held in Tokyo.

On this day the Sports Committee of Japan along with some of the world’s leading players work together to promote interest in sports, especially for children. It is not a public holiday but a day of global worship in the field of sports.

Both men and women actively participate in spreading the importance of sports.

National Sports Day in Malaysia

The National Sports Day of Malaysia also addressed as ‘Hari Sukan Negara’ is held on the second Saturday in the month of October with the main objective of distributing the importance of a healthy lifestyle among the people.

The first National Sports Day was organized in 2015. Since then Malaysians have tried to enhance the performance of their players not only in domestic sports but also at the international level.

Many activities for the whole day in schools, colleges, and companies are included in this fitness drive. Many people from across the country take part in marathons and spread the importance of fitness through their unique ways by running many kilometers and spreading awareness.

Some tips for celebrating National Sports Day in India

India has become a country of sports participants and not a sports consumer. Lack of emphasis on physical fitness in school sometimes leads to a lack of confidence.

A large number of people associated with sports, especially those from a modest background, can use their sports talent through this medium and get a job in a public sector company and a regular source of income.

There are many countries that are unable to provide state-of-the-art sports facilities to their athletes but they do give them the best support and guidance.

In a country like India, the institutional system of high-quality training, cheap coaching, and sluggish training camps have harmed the people instead of benefiting them.

Following measures should be taken on National Sports Day:-

  • The focus should be on more constructive ways to celebrate National Sports Day like fixing a specific theme for each state.
  • The government should bring sports from the state list to the concurrent list so that the central government can also be accountable to it and ensure strict monitoring of the use of valuable resources.
  • On National Sports Day, India should try to host events that will raise awareness about the sports and infrastructure present in our country.
  • A system should be established by the competent authority for the Government of India to provide a common platform and platform to all its citizens irrespective of economic class and caste.
  • People should participate and organize sports events with enthusiasm and enthusiasm. Schools should organize such events with the help of sponsors to identify the talent and award scholarships to the best in these competitions.

Mental and intellectual health is also very important for being fully focused on the goal. Playing sports brings a high level of confidence and teaches us discipline, which stays with us throughout our lives.

Children should be encouraged to participate in sports and develop their interest in sports through equal participation of teachers and parents at home and school levels.

Sports have become very interesting and can be played by anyone at any time, however, they must be practiced from childhood to achieve goals in studies and any other.


There is no dearth of talent in a vast country like India. We just have to recognize the talent. Sports is a way to live a healthy and disease-free long life and National Sports Day is one of the many platforms that help spread this message across the country.

Sports create a sense of friendship among the youth and develop a sense of unity among them. Sport is the best way to find out the pros and cons by striking a balance between body and mind, pleasure and pain.

It has been made necessary to play sports for few hours regularly in schools for the welfare of children and the better future of the country.

It not only makes a person’s mind sharp but also makes the mind strong and active and the historical background of our country also says that those who excel in sports prove their worth not only in sports but also in life.


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