Hockey Current Affairs - 2020

29 August: National Sports Day

The National Sports Day is observed every year across India on 29 August to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905.

On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports Awards on sports person at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

Recipients of 2016 National Sports Awards are

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: PV Sindhu (Badminton), Sakshi Malik (Wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai (Shooting). For more details: Click here

About Major Dhyan Chand

  • The legendary hockey player was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • He is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He had started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.
  • He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career.
  • He is mostly remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning 3 Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).

Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passes away

Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passed away due to multiple organ failure in Gurugram, Haryana. He was 56.

Mohammed Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

About Mohammed Shahid

  • He was born on April 14, 1960, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
  • He had made his first appearance for India at international level in the junior team in 1979 at the Junior World Cup held in France.
  • He was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was known for his dribbling skills.
  • He was also a member of the Indian hockey team that had won silver medal at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games.
  • His biggest contribution to the game of Hockey was the ‘half push- half hit’. It was a stroke he used to hit the ball using the same grip used to dribble the ball.
  • Awards and Honours: Arjuna Award (1981) and Padma Shri (1986).