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National Sports Day 2023

  • 30 Aug 2023
  • 4 min read

Source: PIB

Why in News? 

12th National Sports Day was celebrated across India on 29 August. 

Why is National Sports Day Celebrated?

  • Objective: To commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
  • First NSD: August 29, 2012.
  • Significance: Encourages people of all ages to embrace physical fitness, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
    • Serves as a catalyst for developing a robust sports culture in India.
  • Highlights of NSD 2023: 
    • Theme - "Sports are an enabler to an inclusive and fit society".
    • National Sports Federations portal launched (for good governance).

Who was Major Dhyan Chand? 

  • Major Dhyan Chand was a field hockey player who played international hockey from 1926 to 1949. 
    • He was a three-time Olympic gold medalist who secured gold in the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympic editions. 
  • His exceptional skills in the game made him earn the title ‘magician of hockey.’ 
    • Dhyan Chand, along with his brother Roop Singh, contributed significantly to India's 35-goal tally, earning them the title of ‘hockey twins.’ 
    • In 1934, Dhyan Chand was honoured with the captaincy of the Indian team.
  • In 1956, Major Dhyan Chand retired from the army as a Major and was honoured with the Padma Bhushan


  • Awards named after Major Dhyan Chand: 

UPSC Civil Services Examination, Previous Year’s Question (PYQs)

Q. Consider the following pairs with regard to sports awards: (2023)

1. Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award For the most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sportsperson over period of last four years
2. Arjuna Award For the lifetime achievement by sportsperson
3. Dronacharya Award To honour eminent coaches who have successfully trained sportspersons or teams
4. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar To recognize the contribution made by sportspersons even after their retirement

How many of the above pairs are correctly matched?

(a) Only one 
(b) Only two
(c) Only three 
(d) All four

Ans: (b)

Q. Consider the following statements in respect of the Laureus World Sports Award which was instituted in the year 2000: (2021)

  1. American golfer Tiger Woods was the first winner of this award.
  2. The award was received mostly by ‘Formula One’ players so far.
  3. Roger Federer received this award maximum number of times compared to others.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans: (c)

Q. Consider the following statements in respect of the 32nd Summer Olympics: (2021) 

  1. The official motto for this Olympics is ‘A New World’.
  2. Sport Climbing, Surfing, Skateboarding, Karate and Baseball are included in this Olympics.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (b)

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