National Sports day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand Singh on August 29 every year. 
President Ram Nath Kovind confers National Sports Awards virtually 

New Delhi: National Sports day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand Singh on August 29 every year. This year, National Sports Awards ceremony was held virtually for the first time in history amid coronavirus pandemic. The virtual event was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, among other dignitaries. 

Sports Minister attended the event from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi whereas the awardees attended the event from various states across the country. President congratulated the athletes and appreciated awardees for their immense efforts made towards the country. 

Sports Minister Kiren addressed the virtual event which was then followed by the award ceremony to honour the athletes, coaches and sports association for their inspiring efforts on the field. During this event, President Ram Nath Kovind stated that the sports world has been impacted due to COVID-19 pandemic. Olympic games have been postponed for the first time. In our country, all sports activities have been affected.

He tweeted that,"From Major Dhyanchand to today's award winners and coaches, one thing can be said equally. Due to your efforts, India's pride has increased on the world stage. You all have provided unforgettable moments of realization with collective success to all Indians, through your performance."

President Kovind also highlighted the fact with the growing popularity of our traditional games like Kabaddi and Kho-Kho is helping in connecting the common people with sports. Today, apart from cricket and football, league tournaments of sports like volleyball and kabaddi are also gaining popularity. This is a pleasant change for India.

"I am confident that with the collective efforts and participation, India will emerge as a sporting superpower. Our goal is to be in the Top Ten Podium Finisher Countries by 2028 Olympic Games. We will definitely achieve this goal," Mr Kovind further wrote in his Tweet. 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Hockey wizard Major Dhyanchand on his 115th birth anniversary and said that his magic with hockey cannot be forgotten. PM Modi also urged the countrymen to add exercise and sports in daily routine for a healthy life.