Major Dhyan Chand Singh August 29, 1905 December 3, 1979 was a former Indian hockey player. He was part of the Gold winning Indian team in three Olympic Games 1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, 1936 Berlin . He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India s third highest civilian honour, in 1956. He got the title Chand or Moon from his first coach, Pankaj Gupta, who had predicted that he would one day shine like a Chand or Moon. Even today Dhyan Chand is the only Indian sports person who can lay claim to be the unchallenged master of a sport. In a match in 1927 Chand exhibited his skills against the English hockey team, netting 36 of India s 72 goals in 10 matches, at the London Folkstone Festival. In 1928 Chand was selected to represent the Indian hockey team in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Chand helped India win the gold medal winning the finals against the Netherlands by a score of 3-0. He played in the centre-forward position and scored two of India s three goals. In the 1932 Summer Olympics held at Los Angeles, USA, the team under Lal Shah Bukhari defended their title winning the gold. The team routed the United States hockey team 23-1, a world record that stood until 2003. He contributed eight of those goals, and along with his brother Roop Singh formed a formidable core of the team. He scored 12 goals in India s two matches in that Olympics and he had scored 133 goals out of India s 338 in that year.
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Dhyan Chand Singh is considered one of the most successful and legendary players that Indian Hockey has ever had. He is also counted amongst the all time greatest Hockey players in the world. He was born on 29th August, 1905to a Rajput family in Prayag in Uttar Pradesh. His father was an Army Subedar and he also joined Army in 1922, at the age of only 16 years. He represented India in three Olympic Games held at Amsterdam in 1928, Los Angeles in 1932 and Berlin in 1936. He played an all important role in India s successive campaigns in all the three Olympic Games. He was at the peak of his form in 1932, when he scored 133 goals out of which India s total 338 goals scored in the entire year. He was one of the most successful and attacking forwards of his time. For his extraordinary performances on Hockey field, he was honoured by the Government of India and was presented the Padma Bhushan Award in 1956. He is in true sense a legend in World Hockey. He died on December 3,1979 at the age of 74 years. I think, you can refer to the following link for getting more information about Dhyan Chand Singh: http://www.indianetzone.com/9/dhyan_chand.htm
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Dhyan Chand was a very simple man. Once he played in an exhibition match with a women s team at Prague, after the Olympic Games. A female fan was highly impressed by his game and expressed her desire to kiss him. He stepped back, saying that he was a married person Once, some time after the Partition of India, Dhyan Chand was seen at the Lahore railway station, on way to Peshawar as a part of the Indian team that was scheduled to take part in Joshan celebrations in Afghanistan. Thousands of his Pakistani fans rushed to the station to catch a glimpse of the wizard. The surging crowds led to breakdown of all arrangements. During a 1935 tour of New Zealand and Australia, he scored 201 goals out of the team s tally of 584 in 43 matches. Don Bradman and Dhyan Chand once came face to face at Adelaide in 1935, when the Indian hockey team was in Australia. August 29 is celebrated as National Sports Day when the national sporting awards are handed out by the President of India at Rashtrapathi Bhavan. Dhyan Chand s imposing statue at the entrance of the National Stadium main venue of the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 is a reminder of the all-time legend of hockey who brought so much glory to both the game and the nation.