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Aug 29, 2020

VP, PM, Sports Minister greet all sports persons on National Sports Day

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted all sports persons on National Sports Day. In a series of tweets, Mr Naidu said the COVID pandemic has affected normal sporting activities. He said it also reinforces the need to be physically fit and mentally strong to fight Coronavirus.

The Vice President asked people to pledge to make causes like ‘Fit India’ people’s movements and take up fitness activities to fortify physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. He also paid his tributes to hockey maestro and Olympian, Dhyan Chand whose birth anniversary is celebrated as the National Sports Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said National Sports Day is a day to celebrate the remarkable achievements of all those exemplary sportspersons who have represented India in various sports and made our nation proud. He said their tenacity and determination are outstanding.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said National Sports Day is a day to pay tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, whose magic with the hockey stick can never be forgotten. He said this is also a day to laud the outstanding support given by the families, coaches and support staff towards the success of the country's talented athletes.

Mr Modi said the government is making numerous efforts to popularise sports and support sporting talent in India. He urged everyone to make sports and fitness exercises a part of their daily routine as there are many benefits of doing so.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today paid floral tributes to hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand at his statue in Dhyan Chand Stadium in Delhi. Today is the birth anniversary of the hockey legend which is also celebrated as National Sports Day. He helped India win 3 Olympic gold medals in Hockey in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

Talking to the media after offering his tributes, Mr Rijiju said the entire nation is proud of the exemplary skills and determination of Major Dhyan Chand and his many achievements. He congratulated the winners of National Sports Awards for the accolades and honours they brought to India. He said that the performance of Indian athletes at international level has gone up as compared to the past. The Minister said well performing athletes have to be recognised and rewarded and therefore, the number of awardees in National Sports Awards has also gone up this year.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has offered tributes to hockey player Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said the great player brought laurels to the country and was renowned for his hockey game. The Minister also extended his wishes to all athletes on the occasion of National Sports Day.

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