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Hitler- you play very well! Nice to meet you.(shaking hands with the hockey player) Hockey player- thank you Fuhrer! Hitler- there is an offer for you…why don’t you play for Germany? what are you getting now? Come to Germany I’ll give you a post in my army and German nationality and you will be a citizen of a powerful country. Hockey player- (smiling) Thank you! Fuhrer…it is an honour for me. But I am an Indian and I will only play for India. [1936, Berlin Olympics]

The hockey player was “Major Dhyan chand”. Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Dhyan chand played his final international match in 1948, having scored more than 400 goals during his international career. Dhyan chand’s birth anniversary on 29th august is celebrated as Sports day all over the country. Dhyan Chand was born in AllahabadUttar pradesh. His father Sameshwar Dutt Singh was in the British Indian Army, and he played hockey in the army. Dhyan Chand joined the Indian Army at the age of 16. Between 1922 and 1926, Chand exclusively played army hockey tournaments and regimental games. Chand was ultimately selected for the Indian Army team which was to tour New Zealand. The team won 18 matches, drew 2 and lost only 1, receiving praise from all spectators. Following this, in the two Test matches against the New Zealand squad, the team won the first and narrowly lost the second. Returning to India, Chand was immediately promoted to Lance Naik. He was selected for the Indian hockey team. It was also said that the Great Britain did not send a team in 1928 Amsterdam olympics after their national team was defeated by the Indian team at Folkestone. In 1928 amstredam olympics, Chand was the top scorer of the tournament by a large margin, scoring 14 goals in 5 matches. In 1932 olympics were held at San francisco, India qualified to the finals,India played against hosts USA. India won 24-1, a world record at that time. In 1936 Berlin olympics were held and India again qualified to the finals and defeated germany in the final match by 8-1. Out of which three goals were by Dhyan chand. After the 1936 olympic games a newspaper reported- “This is not a game of hockey, but magic. Dhyan Chand is in fact the magician of hockey.” In 1956, at the age of 51, he retired from the army with the rank of Major. The Government of India honored him the same year by conferring him the Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian honour). Dhyan Chand died on 3 December 1979 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

Tribute to Major Dhyan Chand Singh :- The Wizard of Hockey, on his birth anniversary. President of India Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Sports Awards on the occasion of National Sports Day today.

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