The National Sports Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary Wizard of Hockey – Major Dhyan Chand Singh – on 29 August. Dhyan Chand won Golds for India in 1928, 1934 and 1936 Olympics and had scored over 400 goals in a 22-year long career.
The special day gains more importance this time as the Indian contingent is giving their heart and soul to bring medals for India at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, and till now they have had a prolific campaign bagging a total of 50 medals.
Twitterati commemorated the day with its own special style as sportspersons, politicians and public figures stormed the micro-blogging platform with tributes to arguably the greatest hockey player of all time and mark the special occasion of the National Sports Day.
Here is how the Twitterati paid tributes to Major Dhyan Chand on the occasion of National Sports Day:
Greetings to all sports enthusiasts on National Sports Day. Tributes to the phenomenal hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Ji on his birth anniversary.
I urge people to give priority to sports and fitness related activities, which will contribute towards a healthier India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2018
Today, we commemorate Major Dhyan Chand's Birth Anniversary as #NationalSportsDay. Let us give our tributes to one of India's greatest sports icons by inculcating sports as part of our lifestyle. pic.twitter.com/fOcMqHRejZ— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 29, 2018
Today is #NationalSportsDay, we honour Major Dhyan Chand, a 3-time #Olympic gold medalist in #Hockey on his birth anniversary. A national treasure,he remains a hero to every #sportsman.🏒— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 29, 2018
Wishing #athletes representing #India at #AsianGames2018 the best on this occasion. #SAI🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/CCpR2l77J9
Remembering hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand on his birthday, which is celebrated as #NationalSportsDay. Congratulations to the medal winners in the #AsianGames2018 and best wishes to the other competing athletes. pic.twitter.com/4u4DmoiqgS— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 29, 2018
On National Sports Day, I pay my tributes to the wizard of Hockey, Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary & call upon people to make sports a part of their daily routine. We must encourage & promote sporting culture in country, especially from school level. #NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/goztTdi45l— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 29, 2018
#NationalSportsDay. Greetings to all the sports enthusiasts and salute the sports stars of India, who dedicate their lives in bringing glory for the nation. Some of my SandArts photos. pic.twitter.com/nfaq3SBRY9— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 29, 2018
On #NationalSportsDay, I pay homage to legendary sports icon Major Dhyan Chand and extend my best wishes to every sportsperson & specially those making our Nation proud at #AsianGames2018. pic.twitter.com/iB5WD72ZzT— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 29, 2018
Sir Don Bradman once said, he scores goals the way we score runs. As we remember the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, my greetings to all from the sports fraternity on #NationalSportsDay. May we all inculcate some sport as a part of our life. pic.twitter.com/vUAwzn7CV6— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 29, 2018
When you put on that jersey, the flag 🇮🇳 on the front is more important then the name on the back.— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 29, 2018
Remembering the hockey 🏑wizard #MajorDhyanChand on his 113th Birth Anniversary #NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/gQ3dAxCN88
As we pay tribute to the legacy of Indian hockey icon Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary, we wish all of our countrymen a very happy #NationalSportsDay on 29th August.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/1kFfDDdWdI— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 29, 2018
Here's wishing that Indian sports rise to the heights that would have been his dream! pic.twitter.com/NevtlbaIje— Khelo India (@kheloindia) August 29, 2018
#NationalSportsDay honours the birth anniversary of one of India's most iconic sportsmen, #MajorDhyanChand. The man who bagged 3 Olympic gold for #India in field hockey 🏒continues to be a hero for every budding athlete.— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) August 29, 2018
As a tribute, let's make sports a part of our daily life! pic.twitter.com/LOTrJzNF3y
On #NationalSportsDay, we remember the extraordinary life of Major Dhyan Chand and his love for the ‘game with a golden history’. Our humble tribute to the man whose achievments shaped Indian hockey. #HeartBeats4Hockey pic.twitter.com/3tEQcnU8EV— Sports & Youth Dept. (@sports_odisha) August 29, 2018
After India’s 1st match at 1936 Olympics,ppl watching other sports filled hockey stadiums .A German newspaper headline read-The Olympic complex now has a magic show too.'Berlin had posters:”Visit hockey stadium to watch the Indian magician Dhyan Chand in action #NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/FIKougv55S— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 29, 2018