New Delhi: Paying tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his 109th birth anniversary, which is being celebrated as the National Sports Day, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said the best way to honour the hockey wizard's memory is to inculcate the qualities he displayed on the field.
"August 29 marks a significant day in the history of sports in India. The legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand was born on this day, 109 years back. He redefined Indian sports in hockey at the global level. To commemorate his invaluable contributions, we celebrate his birthday as National Sports Day every year," the minister said.
Major Dhyan Chand is India's greatest hockey player who scored over 1000 goals between 1926 and 1948. He helped India win three Olympic gold medals including the first in 1928.