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National Sports Day is being celebrated across India

National Sports Day is being celebrated  across India

National Sports Day is being celebrated across the country on 29 August 2019. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, the legendary hockey player of India, known as Hockey Magician. On this occasion, various sports are organized in schools and colleges across the country. This day is organized to spread awareness about sports.

National Sports Day

  • The importance of National Sports Day is immense.
  • This day aims to highlight the importance of sports and attract public attention towards sports.
  • Such days provide employment to the youth and create awareness about the performance of Indian players in various competitions.
  • The aim of National Sports Day is to create awareness about the importance of sports and focus people to understand its benefits on human body.

Understanding the importance of sports in life, Modi Government launched schemes to encourage sports

Khelo India School Games

  • The Central Government inaugurated the first edition of Khelo India School Games at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  • It ran from 31 January to 8 February 2018.
  • This program highlighted India's youth sports talent and their potential in sports.
  • The main objective of this scheme was to revive the sports culture in India at the grassroots level, build a strong foundation for all the sports played in the country.
  • It’s aim is to make India a great sports nation.

Fit India Movement

  • On 29 August 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the 'Fit India Movement' campaign to keep people healthy.
  • Its main goal is to make people aware to stay fit.
  • Every year in India, 29 August is celebrated as Sports Day.
  • This day is also the birthday of hockey magician Dhyanchand.

Sports Talent Search Scheme

  • This scheme has been started by the Central Government.
  • The National Sports Talent Search Portal was launched by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in August 2017. Under this scheme, the talent of players above the age of 8 years is to be recognized and their interest is encouraged.
  • Benefits of the scheme ‘National Sports Talent Search’ will help in finding sports talent from every corner of the country.

National Sports Development Fund

  • The funds received in the National Sports Development Fund are used to promote sports in general as well as special sports.
  •  It is also used by a certain sportspersons to excel at national and international levels.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme

  • The main objective of this scheme is to identify and support the players who have the potential to win medals in the Olympic Games of 2016 and 2020.
  • In this scheme, special attention will be given to athletics, archery, badminton, boxing, wrestling and shooting.
  • Under this scheme, financial assistance will be provided to selected sportspersons for getting training in institutions with world class facilities and other necessary support.


Hockey Magician Major Dhyanchand

  • Major Dhyanchand was the greatest hockey player of India.
  • Dhyanchand was born on 29 August 1905 in Prayagraj
  • Major Dhyanchand was a former player and captain of Indian field hockey.
  • He scored more than 1000 goals in 22 years, between the year 1926 and 1948.
  • They had become hockey's parameters by which other hockey players' abilities are measured.
  • Dhyanchand joined the army at the age of just 16.
  • He is counted among the best players in India and world hockey.
  • He was a member of the Indian hockey team that won the Olympic gold medal three times.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the prestigious civilian honor of India in the year 1956.
Q.1 When was Major Dhaynchand born?
A. 31 October 1910
B. 21 December 1912
C. 02 May 1904
D. 29 August 1905
Ans: 29 August 1905
Q.2 By which name, Major Dhyanchand was famous in World of Sports?
A. Tiger of India
B. Master Blaster
C. Hockey Magician
D. Captain Cool
Ans: Hockey Magician

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