Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised hockey legend Dhyan Chand as an “example of true sportsman spirit and patriotism”. In his "Mann Ki Baat" address, the PM also lauded the Indian athletes for the efforts at the Olympics said that the country's "daughters" made the nation proud.
Dhyan Chand, who is one of the greatest sportsmen the country has ever produced, guided India to three Olympic golds during his illustrious career. He brought India to the sporting map and established the nation as a superpower in hockey. The country will celebrate the 111th birth anniversary of the legend on Monday (August 29). In the "Mann Ki Baat" address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to “the Wizard”, and said that he was an “example of true sportsman spirit and patriotism”.
“Tomorrow (Monday) August 29 is legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand's birth anniversary which is celebrated as national sports day. I pay him tributes and want you all to remember his contribution,” Modi said in his radio address.
Major Dhyan Chand was a live example of true sportsman spirit and patriotism."
"Major Dhyan Chand was a live example of true sportsman spirit and patriotism. He helped India in securing gold medals in Hockey in three Olympic games in 1928, 1932 and 1936," the Prime Minister said.
"Great cricket player Don Bradman had said that Dhyan Chand scores goals like runs," Modi added.
The Prime Minister also lauded the performance of Indian athletes at Rio and said that the country's "daughters" made the nation proud.
"The two medals we got were bagged by the daughters of this nation. There were other girls who almost made it and performed well. Once again they proved that they are no lesser than anyone else in any manner," Modi said while referring to shuttler P.V. Sindhu, wrestler Sakshi Malik, and gymnast Dipa Karmakar.
"They were from north India, south India, the northeast and other different parts. It seems daughters of India had resolved to make this country proud," he said in his monthly radio talk show.
"For the first time, Dipa Karmakar made it to the gymnastics, 36 years later the women's hockey team qualified, 32 years after P.T. Usha Indian runner O.P Jaisha managed to qualify for