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Where is National Sports Day celebrated? 

National Sports Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, a notable member of the Indian Hockey Team.

Who is National Sports Day celebrated by?

Indian people of all ages celebrate National Sports Day by promoting physical activity and highlighting the importance of sports.

When did National Sports Day first start?

National Sports Day has been celebrated since 2012 on August 29. It is celebrated in honor of the 'Hockey Wizard', Dhyan Chand, who won many awards for India in the Olympics. 

Who started National Sports Day?

It is unknown who started National Sports Day in India, but the political party that formed the government when it was created was Congress. So, it can be assumed a member of the party might have advised the initiation of National Sports Day.

National Sports Day has been celebrated annually in India since 2012.

History And Timeline

Now that you know why National Sports Day started, learn some more about sports history here!

August 29, 1905

Birth of Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905, in present-day Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Gold Medal In Olympics

Dhyan Chand was a member of the Indian hockey team that played in the Olympics held in Amsterdam. The team won a gold medal.



Dhyan Chand graduated from the prestigious Victoria College in Gwalior in 1932.

August 1956

Retirement From Indian Army

Dhyan Chand retired as a lieutenant from the Indian Army and was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

December 3, 1979

Demise Of Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand died at 74 at AIIMS, Delhi, on December 3, 1979.

Traditions And Customs

There is no fixed way to celebrate this day; simply spend your time engaging in physical activities and sports.

Ways To Celebrate National Sports Day

You can read about the history of athletes and share the history of the Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, and Khel Ratna Award.

You can also participate in different sporting events organized in the vicinity to celebrate the day.

You can raise awareness about the importance of health, fitness, and engaging in physical activities.

Facts And Stats

  • The day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, an Indian hockey legend.
  • Apart from establishing this day on his birthday, the Government of India has also honored Dhyan Chand in other ways. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2014-present) renamed an award from the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
  • Iran, Malaysia, Japan, and Qatar also have their own National Sports Days (s).

FAQs About National Sports Day

What is the significance of National Sports Day?

National Sports Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, who was among the best athletes in India during British rule; the day promotes physical fitness and discipline. 

How is National Sports Day different from International Sports Day?

National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 in India, while International Sports Day is celebrated on April 6 globally.

What is the theme of National Sports Day 2022?

'To attain the discipline needed in sports takes years of practice and hard work' is the theme for National Sports Day 2022.

How does this day affect people psychologically and emotionally?

Playing a sport can improve someone's physical health and also help them stay emotionally and psychologically healthy. 

What is the history and origin of National Sports Day?

It is unknown who started National Sports Day, but it is celebrated in honor of the hockey player Dhyan Chand. 

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When Is This Day Celebrated

Date Day
August 29, 2020 Saturday
August 29, 2021 Sunday
August 29, 2022 Monday
August 29, 2023 Tuesday
August 29, 2024 Thursday

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