Dreamers Achieve Success: Celebrate the Spirit of Sports

Celebrate the Spirit of Sports

National Sports Day: Celebrating Excellence and Determination

National Sports Day is a day of tribute to the remarkable spirit of sportsmanship and dedication that athletes bring to the world of sports. Celebrated on the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, this day is an ode to the undying passion, hard work, and commitment displayed by athletes across various disciplines. 


It serves as a reminder of the importance of sports in our lives, not just for physical health but also for fostering qualities like discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.

Major Dhyan Chand was born on August 29, 1905, in Allahabad, India. He was a member of the Indian hockey team that won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936. He is credited with revolutionizing the game of hockey with his dribbling skills and his ability to score goals from any angle.


“It is not my country’s duty to push me ahead. It is my duty to push my country ahead.” – Major Dhyan Chand

National Sports Day is a day to celebrate the joy of sport and to encourage people of all ages to get involved in physical activity. The day is also a time to remember the achievements of Major Dhyan Chand and other sportspersons who have made India proud.

  • The day is celebrated with a variety of events, including sports competitions, award ceremonies, and cultural performances.
  • The President of India gives the Major Dhyan Chand Award to outstanding sportspersons on National Sports Day.
  • The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in sports.
  • National Sports Day is a great opportunity to promote the importance of physical activity and to encourage people of all ages to get involved in sports.

Let's pay tribute to the biggest sporting icon of India History

The "Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports" (MYAS) and the "Fit India Mission" are working together this year to spread the FIT India movement to schools, colleges, ministries, government agencies, and private businesses by inspiring them to celebrate National Sports Day on any day between August 21 and August 29, 2023, in a big way. 

Schools, colleges, ministries, government agencies, and private businesses should encourage the participation of their students, staff, and employees in sports and fitness activities on that day for at least an hour.

Mode of participation:

  • Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Private Organisations to register on Fit India website (Click on this link - on https://fitindia.gov.in/national-sports-day-2023 and provide all necessary details
  • Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations to submit their data and upload photos / video links from the events conducted by them to download e-certificate


  1. Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations to ensure that everyone actively participates in the National Sports Day 2023 celebration on any day between 21st August and 29th August 2023.
  2. Participants may wear their sports attire on the day of sporting event.
  3. Schools/Colleges/Ministries/Govt & Pvt Organisations should register themselves on https://fitindia.gov.in/national-sports-day-2023 and upload photos and video link related to the event on the above-mentioned website.
  4. Participating stakeholders are also encouraged to share/post activities conducted on their social media channels with #NationalSportsDay and tag @FitIndiaOff
  5. E-Certificate can be downloaded from the Fit India Portal after successful conduct of the National Sports Day and uploading the images and videos of the event/activities conducted.

The Legacy of Major Dhyan Chand:

Major Dhyan Chand, often referred to as the "Wizard of Hockey," is an epitome of excellence in sports. His extraordinary skills on the field and his ability to control the ball effortlessly earned him international recognition. He played a pivotal role in India's three consecutive Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928, 1932, and 1936. Major Dhyan Chand's legacy continues to inspire generations of athletes to strive for greatness.

Celebrating the Athletes:

National Sports Day is not just a day of celebration but also a tribute to the countless athletes who dedicate their lives to their respective sports. These individuals, through their relentless efforts, challenge their own limits and bring glory to the nation. Their journey teaches us that success is not an overnight achievement but a result of consistent hard work and determination.

Inspiring Quotes:

"The true champion believes in the impossible." - Muhammad Ali

"If I, being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and don`t give up." - Mary Kom

"You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That's what makes you a winner." - Venus Williams

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision." - Muhammad Ali 
"I would not stop until I had filled up a bucket with my sweat. I would push myself so much that in the end I would collapse and I would have to be admitted to hospital, I would pray to God to save me, promise that I would be more careful in future. And then I would do it all over again." - Milkha Singh

Promoting Fitness and Well-being:

National Sports Day also aims to emphasize the importance of physical fitness and well-being. Engaging in sports not only improves physical health but also contributes to mental and emotional wellness. It teaches us the value of discipline, time management, and setting goals – all essential life skills.

Role of Sports in Education:

Sports play a crucial role in education, promoting holistic development. It teaches students to balance academics with physical activities, leading to improved concentration and overall performance. It nurtures qualities like teamwork, leadership, and resilience, which are equally important in the journey of life.

Empowering Women in Sports:

National Sports Day is also a platform to acknowledge and encourage women's participation in sports. It's a reminder that every individual, regardless of gender, should have equal opportunities to excel in the field of their choice. Women athletes like PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, and Hima Das have shattered stereotypes and set new benchmarks in Indian sports.

Local Heroes, Global Champions:

This day is an opportunity to recognize the potential of budding athletes across the country. Many grassroots athletes possess remarkable talent and passion. National Sports Day celebrates their journey and encourages them to dream big and work tirelessly to make those dreams come true.


I take the pledge:


As we celebrate National Sports Day, let us remember that sports transcend boundaries and unite us all. It is a powerful tool for creating harmony and fostering a sense of belonging. Whether you're an athlete, a sports enthusiast, or someone looking to stay fit, this day inspires us to embrace an active lifestyle and contribute to the culture of sports in our nation.

National Sports Day is a celebration of human potential, determination, and the power of dreams. It serves as a reminder that excellence is not just a destination but a journey fueled by passion and perseverance. 

As we honor the legacy of Major Dhyan Chand, let us also celebrate the spirit of every athlete who represents the essence of sportsmanship. Let's pledge to support and encourage sports in our communities, schools, and nation, creating a healthier and more vibrant future for generations to come.


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