Hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s birthday –August 29 – is celebrated as National Sports Day across the country. It is the day when sportspersons are conferred the prestigious Arjuna and Khel Ratna Awards at Ashok Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Ahmedabad citizens Speak Up on the relevance of National Sports Day in the day-to-day life and the importance of promoting sports other than cricket…
It is a big day for any sportsperson. I will never forget this day, as I received the Arjuna Award on this day, in 1993. It is the perfect day to popularise sports across the country and create a sports culture.
—Kiran More, cricketer
How can I forget this day? It gave me biggest gift of my sports career, the Arjuna Award. Sports Day should also be utilised to spread the message of sportsman spirit and health-related issues. Only then will it have an impact.
—Parul Parmar, badminton player
Arjuna Awardees should be treated with respect not only during their prime, but also at later stages in their lives. The government should come up with a scheme that gives a sportsperson some sense of security in their post-retirement life.
—Sudhir Parab, kho-kho player
In India, each day is dedicated to some or the other thing. Owing to this, the sports day has lost its importance. People don’t show any respect during Gandhi Jayanti, so why will Dhyan Chand’s birthday matter to them. Hence, it doesn’t hold much significance.
— Ramya Krishna, PR executive
It is very depressing that the birthday of Dhyan Chand, a legendry sportsperson from India, gets such a cold response. It is the day when heroes are honoured, so I feel the government should ensure it is celebrated across the country and not just limited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
— Shavy Srivastava, MBA student
I advocate the popularity of this day as it is the only time when the sportspersons who made us proud at a global level are felicitated and encouraged to bring in more laurels in their respective fields. I strongly feel its relevance in our lives, especially for our sportspersons.
— Vishakha Agarwal, mass media student
Sports day is a celebration of our ability to push ourselves physically and enjoy it too. But unlike other days, National Sports Day garners very little response. Unfortunately, apart from sportspersons and die-hard sports followers, not many celebrate it.
— Kinjal Shah, executive
I have no idea about National Sports Day, or its relevance. There is no such thing in India even if it might exist on paper. The state government showers lakhs and crores of rupees on a player who fetches a medal at the Olympics. The same could be used for training future sportspersons. This would eventually consolidate a medal at the Olympics.
— Nitin Soni, businessman
I think that National Sports Day is very essential to promote sports in the country. Promotion at a bigger stage will increase interest in sports leading to more medals and cups in sports other than cricket.
—Sanket Bajpai, IT professional