Narendra Modi launches Sports Portal on National Sports Day

Every day they have to spend some time in playing sports and games.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to one of the greatest hockey players in the world and India Major Dhyan Chand calling him a sportsperson with legendary sporting skills.

The National Sports Day was observed on a grand note in Peddapalli on Tuesday by paying rich floral tributes to the portrait of Dhyan Chand. He won the Olympic gold medals for the Indian hockey team in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

When India was struggling to get independent from the clutches of British Rule, Dhyan Chand was making his own contribution in getting the country its well-deserved recognition.

To mark the National Sports Day, he congratulated all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts who pursue sports with great vigour and passion.

He was called Chand by his team-mates because he used to wait for the moon to come out for practice. During the Berlin Olympic finals in 1936, Chand scored 12 goals in two matches leading to India winning by defeating Germany through 8-1.

PM Modi while saying that India is blessed with enormous sporting talent spoke about the importance of the National Sports Talent Search Portal to harness this talent.

Dhyan Chand has scored more than 400 goals in his worldwide career and he continued playing till 1948, the time he was 42. Mr. Modi also proudly announced "India is blessed with vast sporting talent". To harness this potential, a portal was launched by India Sports. "I am reminding you of this because I want the younger generation of our country to take part in sports." Modi had also mentioned about launching a sports talent search portal during his speech. The event was inaugurated by Principal, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Raina who said physical fitness is important for everyone and participation in the sports provides physical fitness and good health.

Vanessa Coleman