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National Sports Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Major Dhyan Chand; salutes Indian athletes

The PM also put in a special word for the Indian athletes who are currently in Indonesia for the ongoing Asian Games and congratulated them for excelling in different sports and winning medals for the country.

other sports Updated: Aug 29, 2018 12:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to one of the legends in Indian sports. (FILE IMAGE)(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

August 29 is celebrated as the National Sports Day in India as it marks the birth anniversary day of hockey legend and former Indian captain Major Dhyan Chand.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to one of the biggest names in Indian sports and also urged people to take time out and place special emphasis on sports and fitness related activities.

Modi also congratulated all the athletes who have represented the country across all sports in various events. He said that their hard work and resolve has led to several milestones.

Also, he put in a special word for the Indian athletes who are currently in Indonesia for the ongoing Asian Games and congratulated them for excelling in different sports and winning medals for the country.

Over the years it has been a practice to confer the Arjuna and Khel Ratna awards by the President of India to celebrate exceptional performances by the athletes on this day. However this year the date has been pushed to September 25 which would allow all the Indian athletes to return home from Indonesia.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, as well as Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, also paid his tribute to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary.

In a tweet, he called everyone to give tributes to one of the country’s greatest sports icons by inculcating sports as part of their lifestyle.

Sports people and politicians paid their respect:

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 11:38 IST