|Rashtriya Khel Divas or National Sports Day is an annual celebration held on August 29. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of incorporating sports and physical activities in our daily lives. It was first observed in 2012 as a tribute to Major Dhyanchand on his birth anniversary, one of the biggest legends of hockey in India. Major Dhyanchand started his career in sports in the British Indian Army regimental squad and won three gold medals in Olympics – 1928, 1932 and, 1936. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award. To commemorate National Sports Day, our school took the initiative to welcome another renowned Indian sports legend, Mr. Om Prakash Singh as chief guest.|
The school honoured the athlete’s numerous achievements and recounted the immense pride his sportsmanship has brought our country before inviting Mr. Prakash himself to give a speech on the significance of National Sports Day. Mr. Prakash began his address by emphasising the vitality of sports and fitness in sustaining not only our physical health but also our mental health, particularly as young students in our formative years. He also discussed how athletics teach us fundamental life skills including tenacity, self-discipline, resilience, teamwork and leadership. He closed his speech by honouring the late athlete Major Dhyanchand, reminding us that his legacy lives on in the contributions he made to our community through his sportsmanship.
Although, Rashtriya Khel Divas is celebrated every year since 2012, for the past two years, the day had remained subdued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it was once again celebrated in our school and nationwide with full enthusiasm and zeal. This celebration not just signified the importance of sports and physical activities in our lives but was also a celebration of being able to resume these activities as a part of our normal lives after a gap of two years and hence meant a lot more significant for students who imbibe sports as an important part of their lives.
Mannat Dwivedi and Yuvraj Bhasin