National Sports Day by Country
India (Rashtriya Khel Divas / National Sports Day – 29th August)
The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29 August, on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. This day marks the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. He scored over 400 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1948.
After putting his stamp on international hockey arena, and having served his country to reach its pinnacles of glory multiple times. He is a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey. The most noted memorials for him is the Major Dhyan Chand Award ,the highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games in India, and the National Sport day celebrations on his birthday. Major Dhyan chand learnt the game of hockey from his coach Pankaj Gupta.There is no who has reached his level in hockey.
National Sports Day 2019: PM Narendra Modi to launch 'Fit India Movement'
On ‘National Sports Day‘, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch the ‘Fit India Movement‘ across the country; Fit India movement aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.
The mass movement will be launched on the occasion of NSD. The Prime Minister will also administer a fitness pledge on the occasion. The campaign is aimed at encouraging people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their day to day life.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has urged people to participate in the Fit India movement in large numbers.
Several athletes have also lauded the move. They have urged the people to join the movement for the creation of a more healthy nation.
University Grants Commission has asked higher educational institutes to make necessary arrangements to view Prime Minister’s address on the launch of the movement. As part of the Fitness pledge, UGC has asked everyone to walk at least 10,000 steps and follow it up in their daily routine.
Iran (17 October)
In Iran, October 17 is known as Physical Education & Sport day, and from October 17 to 23 the week is 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 (体育の日 Tai-iku no Hi – 2nd Monday of October)
Japan’s Health and Sports Day is a national holiday commemorated in October. It was first held on 10 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 (Hari Sukan Negara – 2nd Saturday of October)
NSD 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 (2nd Tuesday of February)
NSD 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.