Dhyan Chand is most remembered for his goal scoring feats and for his three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, while India was dominant in the hockey.
India won the men’s field hockey gold medal in seven out of eight Olympics from 1928 to 1964.
He is known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, during an era where India was the most dominant team in Hockey. His influence extended beyond these victories, as India won the men’s field hockey gold medal in seven out of eight Olympics from 1928 to 1964.
Such was his aura that it is believed that after India defeated Germany in the 1936 Olympics final 8-1, Hitler offered him a senior post in the German Army after witnessing his splendid performance to which he refused
The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control, Chand played his final international match in 1948, having scored more than 400 goals (highest goal scorer in history of hockey) during his international career
The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 1956. His birthday, 29 August, is celebrated as National Sports Day in India every year
History created by Dhyan Chand
Awards & Achievements
For his extra-ordinary services to the nation, the Government of India celebrates Dhyan Chand’s birthday (29th of August) as National Sports Day. The Indian Postal Service issued a postage stamp in his memory, and the Dhyan Chand National Stadium at New Delhi has been named after him. He was honored by the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in the year 1956
Retirement of Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand Singh continued playing hockey till he attained the age of 42 years, and then he retired from hockey in the year 1948. After retiring from Army, Chand taught hockey at coaching camps at Mount Abu in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Afterwards, he was offered the position of Chief Hockey Coach at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. Dhyan Chand remained in that post for a number of years.
Death and Cause
The last days of Dhyan Chand were not very happy, as he was short of money and was badly ignored by the nation. He developed liver cancer, and was sent to a general ward at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He died on the 3rd of December 1979.