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He was later awarded the Padma Bhushan by Indian Government in 1956 for his splendid contribution to Indian Hockey and was later considered for the greatest honour, Bharat Ratna. He turned up to join in Army where he took up Hockey.

Dhyan Chand is arguably the greatest sportsperson that India has ever produced.

He said that "My dear young friends, the country celebrates National Sports Day on the 29th of August".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation in his 35th 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday, 27 Aug had highlighted the importance of sports and the need to boost this talent in India.

Later, he also addressed the gathering as part of the "National Sports Day" celebration.

The portal will provide a three step simple process for registration, profile creation and upload of achievements.

Khelo India is a program where upcoming sports talent in India will be given training, funding and a stipend post selection.

The portal will also be available as an App which can be downloaded on smartphones. The ugly and sad truth is that even after having so many players and disciplines across the board, India has terribly let down the rich legacy of Dhyan Chand and we haven't made any progress, when it comes to India's performance at Olympics or any other world summit. Tribune News ServiceChandigarh, August 28After failing to observe National Sports Day a year ago, the UT Sports Department has announced to celebrate the day with much fanfare tomorrow.

"On #NationalSportsDay, I congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts who pursue sports with great vigour and passion", tweeted PM Modi. "Sports, in a way, is a recipe that brings people together". He also added that the sports search portal was launched to harness the vast sports talent in India.

Vijay Goel believes that India has a lot of potential in sports.


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