Happy National Sports Day to all Indians and the sports fraternity in particular. And coincidentally, Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary falls on the same day. Let’s celebrate this national sports day by highlighting Chand’s contribution to his game of hockey.
The face of the World Hockey “Dhyan Chand” is known as one of the finest hockey players in the whole history. A magician a wizard of the world of hockey created many huge records in his lifetime. Dhyan Chand played an important role in India winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 respectively. Today marks his birth anniversary & National Sports Day and on these occasions let’s know about some of the lesser known facts about the MAJOR DHYAN CHAND:
With 14 goals Dhyan chand was the leading goal maker in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. A news report about India’s victory said, “This is not a game of hockey, but magic. Dhyan Chand is, in fact, the magician of hockey.”
India brutally beat USA 24-1 and Japan 11-1, In the 1932 Summer Olympics,. Major Dhyan Chand scored 12 goals while his brother Roop Singh netted 13 out of the 35 goals India scored. This led to them being dubbed the 'hockey twins'.
In a match Major Dhyan Chand enable to score goals so he argued to referee that the measurement of goal post is not correct. Everyone got shock but after measuring Dhyan Chand was absolutely right, the goal post was not according to international rules.
Adolf Hitler was so impressed by Dhyan Chand's stick work that he offered him German citizenship and the rank of Colonel in his army. But Major Dhyan Chand refused to him very silently.
After outstanding performance by Dhyan Chand in Netherland, officials and players get scared and broke Dhyan Chand hockey to see whether he might hide the magnet in it.
To honor Dhyan Chand, the residents of Vienna, Austria had set up a statue with four hands and four hockey sticks to showcase the magical power of Dhyan Chand.
Dhyan Singh got the name of Dhyan Chand because he used to do practice during the late night hours under the moon (Chand) light; his fellow players gave him this name.
Dhyan Chand helped India to win three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932 and 1936).
Dhyan Chand was also known as “The Wizard.” He scored more than 400 goals in his international career.
Dhyan Chand was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1956.
Major Dhyan Chand was not just the player but a hockey legend whose contribution to the country will always be remembered. However, sadly, he was not given the assistance that he needed during his last days. Major Dhyan chand, got much disappointed with Indian government and Hockey federation because he was suffering from liver cancer. The great hockey legend breathed his last in AIIMS Delhi. May God bless this legend soul.
A great salute to this legend from team LOPSCOOP!
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