Apart from the sports enthusiasts in the country, many of us were not aware that birthday of the Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand was celebrated as the National Sports Day before PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat; let’s find out what’s sports’ real meaning in India.
If we dig deep the history of sports in India, we’ll get to Ramayan or Mahabharat era when horse-riding, archery, chess and chaupad (Ludo) were the games for entertainment.
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Time has travelled from gurukul of Dronacharya to Olympic stadium where sports is not just for entertainment but for pride and glory. There is golden era and golden athletes in sports history which somehow managed to create a fame of India in sporting history.
As time is still travelling here are few points to catch for in sporting arena of India- Here is the first name in the sporting history of India- Dhyan Chand born on August 29 to a Rajput family in 1905. Although his name was Dhyan Singh but because he used to practice in moon light colleagues called him by the name Chand and he became Dhyan Chand.
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Who knew that Dhyan Chand will start new era of hockey in world by giving India its glorious days in the field? It was the historic win by defeating hosts USA by 24-1 margin that saw the rise of Dhyan Chand, a record that took 70 years to break.
While cricket has a long list of famous name from Kapil Dev to Sachin Tendulkar, there are countless names in Olympic Sports arena also like Maharaja Ranjit Singh, first Olympic medalist for India- Norman Pritchard, Rio-Olympics which saw girl power in Sakshi & Sindhu, Sania Mirza who made Tennis a familiar sport for women in India, Pankaj Advani who has won countless billiards tournaments, track and field athletes like PT Usha, Seema Poonia, Milkha Singh, Vikas Gowda and many more.
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Each and every athlete made it to that level for India through their dedication, fighting against poverty, living with passion and following their passion.
It was not one or two years hard work but a lifetime obsession that made them a gem in the sporting history of India. The love affair that they possessed with sports they played led them to the dejection from society, dealing with poverty, fighting with corrupt politicians and leaving family behind.
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Today is the day to close your eye for one second and thank all the athletes who made you believe that apart from doing homework it is necessary to let your child dream of playing wild on the mud and land on Olympic wrestling mat.