National Sports Day is celebrated across India on 29th August to raise awareness about the importance of sports.
Dhyan Chand, a world famous Indian hockey player was born on 29th August, 1905. He won three gold medals in the Olympic Games for hockey. Also known as The Wizard for his brilliant technique, Dhyan Chand was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956.
The President of India gives out sports-related awards like the Arjuna, Dronacharya, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on 29th August each year. These awards honour sportspersons and coaches who have excelled in their fields and made the nation proud.
The Khel Ratna Awardees for 2020 are:
1. Manika Batra (Table Tennis)
2. Mariyappan T. (Para Athletics)
3. Rohit Sharma (Cricket)
4. Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling)
5. Rani Rampal (Hockey)