Today is sports day in India! Sounds weird huh? Many of you might be wondering what is a sports day? Isn’t it celebrated every year in the schools when kids have to compete against each other to win laurels? There are march pasts involving the most dreaded teacher shouting at the top of his lungs “Left-right-left”, others would compete in races to win laurels for their respective group houses.
However, there is a National Sports day in India. It is celebrated on the birth anniversary of one of India’s best hockey players- Dhyan Chand on 29th August 2017.
Who’s Dhyan Chand?
Move over Sachins’ and Kohli’s for a moment and let’s remember the 1936 Berlin Olympics when India defeated Germany 8-1. Dhyan Chand was 31 years old at that time, playing his last Olympics, was on a roll! He was also the captain of the highly motivated Indian hockey team! Guess what, the Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945, Adolf Hitler was among the spectators in the finals. He walked out in the middle of the match when India was on a rampage under Dhyan Chand’s able leadership and dexterity!
As you can see, India scored 38 goals and conceded only 1 goal during the tournament. Interestingly, Dhyan Chand and his brother Roop Singh finished the Berlin Olympics with 11 goals in their tally!
It is widely reported that Adolf Hitler was so impressed with Dhyan Chand that he wished to meet him. I won’t spill the beans further, watch the video:
Let’s come back to the relevance of sports in today’s life. We can see there are a plethora of options today, be it gymming, playing outdoor sports, boxing, etc. People in the urban areas are taking up sports as a way of life! Why not? India is the 2nd most populated country in the world and has a high Global burden of diseases, like Diabetes. Many of such diseases emanate from the poor lifestyle and eating habits. Thus, sports play an important role in our lives. When I was young (that was long back!), my brother and I would wait for 5 o clock and we would rush off to the sports ground to play cricket or football. However, today I find that children and teenagers are glued to the Ipads and cell phones and the old way of playing sports is fast losing steam.
Remembering India’s Sporting Giants:
Let’s remember our current and past sporting giants across the entire sports spectrum! Be it Vijender Singh’s fatal punches or the flying sikh or the God of Cricket, India has produced sporting giants time and again!
I have tried to include as many as I could but please excuse me if I have missed out on any! I feel with the IPL, Superfight league, Pro Kabaddi league and similar tournaments for various sports, there is a healthy mixture of Indian and foreign sports persons coming on the same platform to showcase their prowess! It gives the Indian players a lot of exposure and a chance to upgrade their skills and gives the foreign players a taste of Indian dexterity and yes, a lot of hospitality!
Bed and Breakfast accommodations for Sportspersons:
Recently, BnBNation organized the stay of Bangalore-based Under 15 Football team in Delhi NCR for their 3-day football tournament.
Since Bed and Breakfast accommodations are just like home away from home, these kids loved staying in a homely environment along with their coach. This is what the head coach, Ryesh had to say about the arrangements:
Sharing my journey
I am not really a sports person but I am fond of playing outdoor sports like cricket (every Indian boy does), Badminton and occasionally football (once in a blue moon!). However, there are various exercise regimes that I have followed for 18 years.
For almost 10 years I practiced Yoga including Chakrasana, Sarvagasana, Dhanurasana, Anilom Vilom, Kapaal bhaati etc.
After Yoga, I tried my hand at various gyms but invariably I would be irregular after a few months and I would gain fat! So i thought of doing something different, something that stays on and betters my existing fitness levels.
Nowadays, urbanites have been looking at new forms of exercise. One of them is Boxing! I have been a prey too! Well, why not? Boxfit (81 Hemkunt colony near Nehru place) offers me a strict training regime and helps burn a lot of fat in just one hour of workout! I have lost a lot of weight and increased my flexibility and reflexes. Now, I can do more than 50 push ups 50 squats 50 burpees, thanks to Boxfit! In a week full of meetings and stressful environment, Boxfit gives me the much-needed relief. For me, just 4 days of workout in a week are enough to maintain my fitness level. Is that a lot to ask for? I doubt! Here’s a sneak preview of Boxfit:
Here is the current crop of Boxfit trainers (L to R): Rajneesh, Rahul, Sameer, Jason Solomon and Prasang (sitting in the front). There’s Limesh too but he’s missing!
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I hope that this sports day, we should play some sports or take a walk in the park or do something that is different from the routine and takes us away from the monotonous lives we live. Maybe a weekend getaway with friends for a cricket match or football match or better still, join a new exercise regime!