VALLEY ONLINE – WE MEAN TRUTH
By || Dhanashri Kulkarni
India celebrates its National Sports Day every year on the 29th of August.
The day is celebrated to honor the legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh.
29th August happens to be the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, who made India proud by his extraordinary sporting skills.
He was the greatest hockey player India has ever seen. The hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.
About Dhyan Chand
Dhyan Chand had joined the army at the early age and learnt the game of hockey from his coach Pankaj Gupta and soon became an expert in ball dribbling and goal scoring. He quickly became the Indian Hockey Team captain due to his excellent playing techniques and was given the nickname ‘Chand’ which means ‘Moon’.
During his sports career Dhyan Chand had won three Olympic medals and till date remains the only hockey player who has received the Padma Bhushan award.
He had won the Olympic Gold medal six times in a row for India in hockey.
His lifetime awards and achievements in sports are considered as the highest point in the history of Indian sports.
This day is celebrated by organizing friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, which was constructed in the respect and honor of Dhyan Chand.
After putting his stamp on international hockey arena, and having served his country to reach its pinnacles of glory multiple times, Dhayanc Chand passed away on 3 December 1979.
He remains a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey.
The most noted memorials for him is the Major Dyanchand Awards, the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India, and the National Sport day celebrations on his birthday
It’s one activity which can help us to develop multiple qualities like sense of togetherness, leadership skills, stamina, physical strength, planning and strategy, patriotism and team work.
The qualities which helps us to excel in life.
National Sports day is not only a tribute to one of greatest in the game; it also reminds us the importance of sports in our Life.
Apart from India, there are many countries who celebrate their National Sports Day:
Iran: October 17th is known as Physical Education & Sport day and from October 17th to 23rd named Physical Education & Sport Week. The main goal is presentation of importance of exercise in personal and social life of people and also has been emphasized in article III of the constitution.
Japan: Japan’s Health and Sports Day (体育の日 Tai-iku no Hi) is a national holiday commemorated in October. It was first held on 22 October 1966, the second anniversary of the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Since 2000 it has been held on the second Monday of October.
Malaysia: National Sports Day ( Hari Sukan Negara) is a national holiday in Malaysia, held annually on the second Saturday in October, with the main objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle among its population. The first National Sports Day was held in 2015.
Qatar: National Sports Day is a National holiday in Qatar, held annually on the second Tuesday in February, with the main objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle among its population. The first National Sports Day was held in 2012.
India has always produced sportspersons from every corner of the state and made India proud on international arena; here on the eve of National Sports Day…We take a glance of few sportsperson from Jammu and Kashmir who made Valley and India proud.
Tajamul Islam, ‘Wonder kid of Kashmir’
No one must have thought that this exceptional girl from Bandipora would write her own history at the World Kick Boxing Championship in Italy, where she not only made her loved ones proud but she made India proud by becoming the first player ever from the sub junior category to clinch a goldmedal.
She emerged as winner by defeating 90 countries.
During her five days, Tajamul won six games and grabbed spectators across the globe. Islam defeated her rival from the United States to become the World Champion kick boxer. With this win she created a sensation in the Valley.
Teenager Saqlain Tariq, another sensation from the Valley
Hailing from Poonch border district of Jammu and Kashmir, 17-year old Saqlain Tariq made his State proud by making it to the Indian junior volleyball team for the Asian Championship last September.
Parvez Rasool ‘First Kashmiri Muslim cricketer in Indian Cricket Squad’
Spinning all-rounder became the first Muslim cricketer from Indian-administered Kashmir to be selected for the national team. He earned a call-up for the forthcoming one-day series against Zimbabwe not only this He became the first Kashmiri Muslim to be part T20 cricket team against England. This off-Spinner from Bijbehra indeed made India proud.
Qudisiya Altaf ‘from fashion designer to football coach’
Qudsiya Altaf (23) years old is a girl from Brein Nishat in central Kashmir’s Srinagar district perusing bachelors in interior designing from SSM college of engineering and technology Parihaspora Pattan Kashmir .
Presently she has been running her own Football Academy by the name “Seven Stars Football Academy” where she has been giving coaching to more than 55 boys free of cost besides that she has been working with great personalities of our state such as Mr Mehraj-Ud-din Wadoo and Mr sajid Yousef Dar who are serving as a coaches in state football academy Srinagar.
Ishfaq Ahmed (born 17 March 1983) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a winger for the Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League.
He also served as an assistant coach with the Kerala Blasters. Ahmed is one of two professional footballers, along with Mehrajuddin Wadoo, to come from this state.
He has played for many clubs in India’s I-League , including Dempo , Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar, East Bengal , Mohammedan , Pune , and Mumbai .
He has also won the league title while also winning domestic cups such as the Federation Cup and Durand Cup .
These sports personality indeed proved an inspiration to aspiring sports in the Valley and take their names on the National level.
Mehrajuddin Wadoo is football player from J&K who represents the Indian national team and Mumbai FC.
He scored the winning goal against Bangladesh in the SAFF Cup finals at Karachi in December 2005. He was also a member of the Indian squad that won Nehru Cup 2007, the AFC Challenge Cup 2008 and the Nehru Cup in 2009.
4 times Winner, Federation Cup & IFA Shield. 2 times Winner, Nehru Cup (2007 & 2009). Wadoo was the best right-back in the Hero ISL during Season 2 as he helped Chennaiyin FC to the coveted Hero ISL trophy, appearing 14 times for the Super Machans.
Mithun Manhas (born 12 October 1979 in Buttar into the Manhas family at Jammu, India ) is an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Chennai Super Kings as an all-rounder .
A right-handed batsman, he also bowls right-arm offbreak and can keep wicket.
He is a player in the Indian Premier League represented the Delhi Daredevils .
In the fourth season of IPL he was contracted for US$260,000 by Pune Warriors.
In September 2015, Manhas joined Jammu and Kashmir cricket team for 2015–16 Ranji Trophy season.
In February 2017, Manhas was appointed assistant coach of Indian Premier League side
Kings XI Punjab .
Shubham Pradeep Khajuria (born 13 September 1995) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Jammu and Kashmir cricket team. He is a right-handed opening batsman . He played for the
India Under-19 cricket team in 2013, becoming only the second cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to do so.
In the first match of 2014–15 Ranji Trophy against Mumbai , Khajuria scored 107 in the first innings, his maiden first-class century, and 78 in the second innings. Jammu and Kashmir went on to win the match by four wickets and Khajuria was awarded man of the match.
Amir Hussain Lone aced cricket with no arms
An accident at a saw mill left an eight-year-old Amir Hussain Lone without his arms. For three years after, he struggled in a hospital as he recovered. However, from a time when people suggested to his father that he “get rid of him”, Amir has become a pride for his family.
After losing both his arms as a young eight-year-old, Amir Hussain Lone promised to not be handicapped by his misfortune. Today, at 26, he is the captain of the Jammu and Kashmir para cricket team.