The world typically does not associate India as a nation to sports naturally. While India may be one of the super powers in Cricket and Hockey (in past), there isn’t much to talk about in other sporting disciplines. And, hence this notion!
On 29 August every year India ‘celebrates’ its National Sports Day. This is in memory of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, who was born on 29 August 1902. It is unfortunate that people do not celebrate it as widely and fondly as other days. But, the hope is that things are changing and they can only change for good!
Dhyan Chand is one the all time greatest hockey players and it was not for nothing that he was nick named ‘The Wizard’. He mesmerized the world during his playing days with his superb ball control and goal scoring ability. Not surprisingly, Indian hockey was at its pinnacle during the times when Dhyan Chand was at helm. It is unfortunate that Indian hockey is no more a super power in current times.
The recent success and popularity of non cricketing sports like Badminton, Tennis, Wrestling, Archery and a few more is an encouraging sign. Today, we see lot more kids and young players getting seriously involved in these sports as well. Sporting properties like IPL, IBL, I-League have also successfully positioned sports as not just recreation but also as lucrative career option.
Understandably, the time when India will shine in Olympics and other multi-national multi-sports events is a little far away. But, we are at least taking the steps in the right direction!
Let us join together and celebrate National Sports Day like any other significant day for the nation and truly transform India into a sporting nation.
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Happy National Sports Day!