There are many legends about this legendary player. An interesting incident happened at the 1932 Olympics.
Historians believe that the game of hockey originated in Greece. Hockey is thought to have originated in later times, possibly from the game played by the Greeks in the fifth century BC with a long stick and ball bent towards the head. Apart from ancient Greece, this game was known by different names in different countries like Rome, Scotland, Egypt, South America. Archaeologists discovered a carving on an ancient wall in Athens. It depicts two men fighting for control of a ball with two sticks. Others stand by and watch their fight. According to researchers, this image indicates the antiquity of hockey. According to many researchers, such a scene of playing hockey has been recorded in a pyramid about three thousand years ago.
As far as is known, the first international hockey game started in 1895 AD. Roughly speaking, hockey was born in Greece, but hockey was played in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Most of the current rules of international hockey are developed in England. Ireland faced England in the first international match in 1895. England won the game 5-0. In 1908, the game of hockey was included in the Olympics and in 1942, the international governing body of hockey, the Federation Internationale de Hockey, was established. The first Hockey World Cup was organized in 1958. Currently, the main governing body of international hockey is the International Hockey Federation. The Hockey World Cup was organized on their initiative.
This introduction is actually to say that India emerged as a major force in world hockey competition in the 20th century. Dhyan Chand’s name is intimately connected with this rise. This legendary hockey player was born on August 29, 1905. In his honor this day is celebrated as India’s National Sports Day. His father Sameshwar Singh served in the army. As a result Dhyan Chand came to Jhansi as a child. His father used to play hockey regularly in the army team. But Dhyan Chand’s main attraction in his childhood was wrestling, not hockey. Dhyan Chand himself joined the army at the age of 16. Dhyan Chand started playing hockey from there. Dhyan Chand’s original name was Dhyan Singh. He used to practice at night as well. It is said that his teammates added the word ‘Chand’ to his name because he stayed up all night. Dhyan Singh became Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard. More News