Indian National Game Hero – Dhyan Chand-The Magician of Hockey

Indian National Game Hero – Dhyan Chand-The Magician of Hockey


Full name: Dhyan Chand Bais

Nickname(s): Dadda / The Wizard of Hockey

Gender: Male

Born: August 28, 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Died: December 3, 1979 in Delhi, Delhi, India

Affiliations: United Provinces/Army

Country: IND India

Sport: Hockey

Related Olympians: Father of Ashok Kumar I; Brother of Roop Singh; Grandfather of Ashok Kumar II.

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

On 29th August, 1905, Dhyan Chand was born to a Rajput family in Prayag in Uttar Pradesh to father, an army subedar. Soon afterwards as the family moved to Jhansi, so he was. At Jhansi he spent his formative years. At the age of 16, in 1922, after an brief education he joined the Indian Army. He joined as a Sepoy of the 4/1st Punjab Regiment. During his days in the Army, he was noticed by Subedar-Major Bhole Tiwari of Brahmin regiment for his vibrant dribbling skills and knack for scoring goals. There is a confussion with the year but probabaly in a match held in 1927, Chand exhibited his skills against the English hockey team. He was netting 36 of India`s 72 goals in 10 matches, at the London Folkstone Festival.

Dhyan ChandIn the year1928 to represent the Indian hockey team in the 1928 Summer Olympics, Dyan Chand was selected to the team. The 1928 Summer Olympics was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. By a score of 3-0, Chand helped India to triumph the gold medal after winning the finals against the Netherlands. He scored two of India`s three goals by playing in the centre-forward position. The team under Lal Shah Bukhari, in the 1932 Summer Olympics held at Los Angeles, USA, championed their title after succeeding the gold. The team expelled the United States hockey team by 23-1, which is a world record that be upright until 2003. Eight of those goals are contributed by Dyan Chand. Along with his brother Roop Singh, Dyan Chand shaped an extremely impressive in strength and excellence core of the team. 12 goals was scored by him in India`s two matches in that Olympics. In that year, he had scored 133 goals out of India`s 338 goals.

The Beighton Cup final of 1933, was rated by Dhyan Chand as his most memorable match. Jhansi Heroes and Calcutta Customs were the teams between which the match was played. Dyan Chand surprisingly, did not score in that match. But he provided only the vital pass for the lone goal scored by the Jhansi Heroes. The Jhansi Heroes were jampacked in an unrestrained third class compartment on their return journey. Despite anything to the contrary, at the station, the warm welcome that they received, made it the most memorable match for Dhyan Chand. He scored 201 goals out of the team`s correspond of 584 in 43 matches during a 1935 tour of New Zealand and Australia. In the year 1935, at Adelaide Dhyan Chand once came to meet Don Bradman, the legend of the world of cricket face to face. At that time the Indian hockey team was in Australia. Don Bradman remarked after watching Dhyan Chand in action, “He scores goals like runs in cricket”.

At the beginning, to go to participate in the 1936 Summer Olympics held at Berlin, Dhyan Chand`s regiment refused to give him the permission. It was at that time the regiment was contended in a fight with the tribals in Waziristan. After a second request, however, the permission was granted. Under the captaincy of Dhyan Chand, the Indian team participated in 1936 Summer Olympics final. In a friendly match, his team had gone down to the Germans, shortly before the Olympics. India`s forward line was strengthened at that time, by the inclusion of Ali Iqtidar Shah Dara, who grappled to reach Berlin just in time for the final. The Indian team in a patriotic note, raised the Indian tricolour in the dressing room and rather than the British national anthem, which they were obliged to sing sang Vande Mataram an Indian nationalist song.

At the interval of summer olympics, India was leading with 1-0. It has been said that the wet pitch was to damned. To see the condition, Chand removed his shoes playing barefoot. Although his teammates and opposition were wearing spiked shoes. India scored seven goals in the second term. The Germans after trailing 0-6, are reported to have proceed to crude play. Dhyan Chand broke one of his teeth in an accident with the German goalkeeper, but was soon back in action. With Dhyan Chand scoring 6 goals, India won the match 8-1. From a reporters point of view on Dhyan Chand`s performance – “With a flick of the wrist, a quick glance of his eyes, a sharp turn and then another turn, and Dhyan Chand was through.” Images of this game can be found in the Leni Riefenstahl film, “Olympia.”

Adolf Hitler was very much impressed by his performance. Hitler purportedly offered to make Dhyan Chand a Field Marshal in the German army. But Chand refused to join. In the pre-Olympic matches, Chand scored 59 of India`s 175 goals and 11 of 38 in the Olympics. He continued to play till the age 42, even after World War II. In 22 matches against East Africa, he hit a total of 61 goals. In the year 1948 , Dhyan Chand took retirment from the sport. Dhyan Chand earned a diploma in coaching from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, in Punjab after the first innings of his life. But person like Dhyan Chand to whom the traits were innate, however he found it difficult to coach those things.

He was honoured by the residents of Vienna, Austria by setting up a statue of him with four hands and four sticks, drawing his control and mastery over the ball. At the National Stadium near India Gate, New Delhi, one of his famous statues was set up while another was erected in 2005 at Medak in Andhra Pradesh. At the age of 51, in the year1956, he retired from the army with the rank of Major. By conferring him the Padma Bhushan, which is the India`s third highest civilian honour, the Government of India honoured him in that year. However, the man of high respect, Chand died impecunious and uncared for in a hospital. He used to receive a meagre pension. Dhyan Chand was very sad to see India at the Montreal Olympics, 1976 as finished seventh. At that olympic, the Indian team included his son, Ashok Kumar. Neha Singh, his grand daughter played for India in the 1998 World Cup.

Dhyan Chand`s son Ashok Kumar, was the only son of Dhyan Chand who brought glory to India. It will be surprising to know that Dhyan Chand never discussed hockey with his sons, nor did he inspire with confidence them to take up the game seriously. At that time playing is not much benefactive role to live a comfortable livelihood. Salaries in those days were very low.

On his deathbed at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he, according to reports told a doctor that Indian hockey was dying. Then he went into a coma and died in 1979. The Indian Postal Service, a year after his death, came forth a commemorative stamp in his honour. In addition, in New Delhi, Dhyan Chand National Stadium is distinguished in his honor. His birthday, 29 August, is celebrated in India as the National Sports Day. Sport-related awards were given away by the President of India, such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award on this day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Government of India, to immortalize his memory, has established Dhyan Chand Award which is confronted each year to the sportspersons who not only bestow a quality through their performance but also encourage to the sport after their retirement.

About Dhyan there are many legends which are inconceivable to affirm. Some time after the Partition of India, once Dhyan Chand, on way to Peshawar, was seen at the Lahore railway station, as a part of the Indian team, which was scheduled to take part in Joshan celebrations in Afghanistan. To catch a glimpse of the wizard, thousands of his Pakistani fans rushed to the station. The billowing crowds led to collapse of all arrangements. Krishan Kumar Kakar, one of the members of the Indian team, recounted “Such was the scene on all stations right up to Peshawar where the train reached more than four hours behind the schedule.” He on the field was named the “Wizard of Hockey” for he maintained complete control on the ball. While playing, it seemed that the ball used to stick to his hockey stick. The magic of Dhyan Chand was so great that the Tokyo officials broke his hockey stick to search for a magnet inside, and attempted to console themselves saying he had added some sort of glue. A lady from the audience on one occasion, asked Dhyan Chand to play with her walking stick alternatively. She found that he was supposidely so fast that TV expressive style of his gameplay was brought forth too slow.


Indian Site For Olympics,Official Indian Summer Olympics 2012 Site

Indian Site For Olympics,Official Indian Summer Olympics 2012 Site
This year India has fully prepared for summer Olympics 2012 to perform its best.
Here is the official Indian website for Summer Olympics 2012

List Of Indian Players Oualified For Summer Olympics, India At 2012 London Olympics

2012 Summer Olympics are beginning from 27 July.
205 Countries are participating in this Olympics from all over the world.
This time India has managed to qualify many no of players .
The Indian government plans to spend over Rs. 2500 million in preparing for the games, including around Rs. 200 million on foreign coaches for various events.
lets have a look at them

India has so far 4 archers qualified for London Olympics 2012 – 3 in women’s recurve and 1 in men’s recurve.
Women’s Individual Event (3) – Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro
Women’s Recurve Team Event (1) – Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro
Men’s Individual event (1) – Jayanta Talukdar



10 Indian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the ‘A’ Standard, and 1 at the ‘B’ Standard):
Qualified three (or more) athletes at the A standard
Qualified two athletes at the A standard
Men’s 20 km race walk – Gurmeet Singh, Baljinder Singh
Women’s discus throw – Krishna Poonia, Seema Antil
Qualified one athlete at the A standard
Men’s discus throw -Vikas Gowda
Qualified one (or more) athletes at the B standard
Men’s shot put – Om Prakash Karhana
Women’s 800m – Tintu Luka
Men’s triple jump – Renjith Maheshwary
Women’s triple jump – Mayookha Johny
Men’s marathon – Ram Singh Yadav

India has earned 5 quotas in Badminton.
Women’s Singles – Saina Nehwal
Men’s Singles – Parupalli Kashyap
Mixed Doubles – Jwala Gutta, Valiyaveetil Diju
Women’s Doubles – Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa

India has earned 7 quotas in boxing
Men’s Light Flyweight (49 Kg) – Devendro Singh
Men’s Bantamweight (56 Kg) – Shiva Thapa
Men’s Lightweight (60 Kg) – Jai Bhagwan
Men’s Light Welterweight (64 Kg) – Manoj Kumar
Men’s Welterweight (69 Kg) – Vikas Krishan Yadav
Men’s Middleweight (75 Kg) – Vijender Singh
Men’s Light Heavyweight (81 kg) – Sumit Sangwan

The India national field hockey team (16 member team) on 26 February 2012, qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics after winning a qualifying tournament against France with a score of 8 – 1.India stands in Pool B of the men’s competion.
Pool B
New Zealand

India has earned 1 quota in judo
Women’s 63 kg – Garima Chaudhary

India has qualified 2 boat with up to 3 athletes.
Men’s Single Sculls
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls

India has earned 11 quotas in shooting events.
Men’s 50 m rifle 3 position – Sanjeev Rajput, Gagan Narang
Men’s 50 m rifle prone – Gagan Narang, Joydeep Karmakar
Men’s 10 m air rifle – Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang
Men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol – Vijay Kumar
Men’s double trap – Ronjan Sodhi
Men’s trap – Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Women’s 25 m pistol – Rahi Sarnobat, Annuraj Singh
Women’s 10 m air pistol – Annuraj Singh, Heena Sidhu
Women’s trap – Shagun Chowdhury

4 Indian swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):
Two (or more) swimmers have achieved the Olympic Qualifying Time
One swimmer has achieved the Olympic Qualifying Time
One (or more) swimmers have achieved the Olympic Selection Time
Men’s 100 m freestyle – Virdhawal Khade
Men’s 100 m breaststroke – Sandeep Sejwal
Men’s 200 m freestyle – Aaron D’Souza or Virdhawal Khade
Men’s 200 m breaststroke – Sandeep Sejwal
Men’s 1500 m freestyle – Saurabh Sangvekar
India has won 2 quotas in Table Tennis.
Men’s Singles – Soumyajit Ghosh
Women’s singles – Ankita Das
India has won 2 quotas in Weightlifting.
Men’s 69 kg – Katulu Ravi Kumar
Women’s 48 kg – Ngangbam Soniya Chanu
India has won 5 quotas in the following events.
Men’s freestyle -55 kg – quota won by Amit Kumar
Men’s freestyle -60 kg – quota won by Yogeshwar Dutt
Men’s freestyle -66 kg – quota won by Sushil Kumar
Men’s freestyle -74 kg – quota won by Narsingh Pancham Yadav
Women’s freestyle -55 kg – quota won by Geeta Phogat
(Source: Wikipedia)

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